Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle (Castle Hill, Edinburgh) — Perched high above the capital, this is Scotland’s most important and famous castle. There has been a castle here since the 11th century and today’s castle is a mix of military barracks, palace, fortress and war memorial. The oldest part, St Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War

The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O’ Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. Admission: £16 (adult), £12.80 (seniors), £9.60 (child). Hours: 9:30 am – 6 pm (April 1 – Sept. 30), 9:30 am – 5 pm (October 1 – March 31). See the castle’s website for more info: