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Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Caslte

My trip to Edinburgh Castle was a pleasant one. The admission price is reasonable. If I remember correctly it was 11 pounds for an adult. I would suggest walking around a little exploring the castle without a guide first. The panoramic views from the top of the castle walls are more than worth the price of admission.
After you are done with your personal tour, catch the next guided tour. The guide tells entertaining and informative stories. My personal favorite explains why they shoot the cannon off at 1pm instead of 12pm. [more ]

Very impressive with stunning view

The imposing Edinburgh Castle is one of the most interesting attractions of the Great Britain. The ancient fortress is located in an extinct volcano in the higher part of Edinburgh from where you can have an amazing panoramic view of the awesome city.
Besides this, the castle was scenario of numberless wars and you can revival its history in a tour inside it. Walking along the castle, you will discovery many places of interest. However, in my opinion, the highlights are St. Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Palace, Great Hall, Prisons of War exhibition, the most impressive once you can feel the environment of a prison, and the One o’Clock Gum, that fires almost every day at 1pm.
Despite of all attractions, when I visited the castle, I spend most of the time looking the sight. It can be seen not only the city, but also the Scotland landscape, the sea and the Firth of Forth Bridge, that connect Edinburgh with the Scottish Fife region.
Indeed, so much to see and so much to learn through the historic and amazing Edinburgh Castle. [more ]

Edinburgh Castle, more inside

If shopping is your thing, there are three gift shops to browse through, but I enjoyed exploring the fortifications and cannons. The outer wall has a curved battery of cannons overlooking Edinburgh. Mons Meg, the largest of these cannons, is a ginormous piece of metal big enough to climb into and worth at least a quick look. Inside the great hall (used as a barracks during the British civil war when Cromwell was in charge of the castle), there is an impressive collection of arms and armour, you can get a glimpse of the Scottish crown jewels, visit the Royal Palace (including the birthing room where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth (not that exciting, really), as well as a couple of different museums, the Scottish National War Memorial, and the castle dungeon, which was also used as a prison for a number of years. Free tour guides are available, as are audio guides for a small fee. Personally, I enjoy just wandering the castle and letting my feet be my guide. For fun, try and find the dog cemetery. If nothing else catches your eye, the views over Edinburgh and beyond are breathtaking. [more ]

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting high atop an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is an imposing sight. I remember my first sight of it, rolling past the base of its cliff on the train as we pulled into Waverley Station, craning my neck against the train's window to get a better glimpse. to get to the castle, just follow the Royal Mile (ask anyone how to get there and they'll be able to tell you) uphill and you'll walk right into it. No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a visit, and at only £12, the admission price isn't going to break the bank, and it's a great way to spend an afternoon (I'd recommend taking at least 2 hours, but you could easily while away 4-5 hours). [more ]

Historic Scotland Membership

So you're in Scotland. What to do? Well, if you're like me, you're gonna want to check out some castles. Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle at Loch Ness, and hundreds of others besides. The trouble is, this can get pretty expensive. A single entry to any of these castles is quite affordable (£12 for Edinburgh Castle), but if you want to visit several during your time in Scotland, getting a Historic Scotland membership is the only way to go. For only £37 for UK and Ireland residents (£47 for everyone else), you get 1 year of unlimited entry to any of the 345 properties Historic Scotland manages. This also includes a 20% discount at their gift shops, a 10% discount at their cafes, and discounted entry into their partnership organisations in England, Wales and the Isle of Man. All you have to do is show up at one of their properties (Edinburgh Castle or any other), pay the fee, and then use your receipt for all entries and discounts until you receive your membership card in the mail (this can take 1-2 weeks, or a little longer for overseas members). You can also sign up on-line before you arrive in Scotland at I can't recommend this highly enough if you're planning on seeing as many of the historic sites as you can during your time in Scotland. [more ]

The Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

A royal palace, a state prison and a military garrison. All of them feature what now is called the Edinburgh Castle. I was very amazed to find out that the French prisoners of war were kept here in the 18th and 19th century, fact that proves that the castle was more a prison than a palace. Also, when you first enter the castle you will find the traditional soldiers-statues who will greet you and let you read the pages of the book they have in their hands. It’s a unique image. More other unique things define the Edinburgh Castle; paintings, remains of the old prison and of the torture objects will all impress you a lot, fact that makes the visiting of the castle a great experience. [more ]

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