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Edinburgh Castle

The history of Edinburgh and Scotland combine at Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city's skyline. The castle is still a military barracks and home to the Scottish crown jewels. See the Great Hall, which was completed in 1511 and used as Scotland's main place of state assembly, take a free guided tour, or visit National War Museum Scotland - housed in the castle. 
 
Other museums include the Prisons of War exhibition which recalls the conditions of 18th century captives, the rooms of the Royal Palace and the Regimental Museum of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

The One o Clock Gun is fired every day, six days a week. It has done so every day from 1861 when it was used as a time signal by ships in the Firth of Forth.

As well as gift and book shops, the Crown Gift Shop offers exclusive, specially designed jewellery and other products for sale. Relax at the Queen Anne and Redcoat Cafés and enjoy unique views of the City of Edinburgh.
 
Edinburgh Castle Address:
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh
EH1 2NG
Scotland, UK

Edinburgh Castle Opening Times:
Summer
1 April to 31 October
Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 6.00pm
 
Winter
1 November to 31 March
Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.00pm
Last entry 45 minutes before closing
 
Christmas and New Year Period
Closed 25th and 26th December
Open on 1st January and 2nd January - please call for opening hours
 
Museums at the Castle
The opening times for independent museums may vary
Please telephone to check opening times prior to visit
 
Edinburgh Castle Admission:
Adult £12.00 
Child (ages 5 - 15 years) £6.00 
Concessions (60 years and over and the unemployed) £10.00
Children under 5 Free 
 
Last tickets sold 45 minutes before closing
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
 
The Crown Jewels exhibition has hands-on models of the Scottish Regalia and a Braille interpretation of their history.
 
The Crown Jewels Exhibition Admission:
Adult £3.00
Concession (Over 60 years and the unemployed) £2.00 concession 
Child (5 - 15 years) £1.00

Additional details on the Scottish National War Memorial.

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