This historic stronghold stands on the precipitous crag of Castle Rock. One of the oldest parts is the 11th-century chapel of the saintly Queen Margaret, but most of the present castle evolved later, during its stormy history of sieges and wars, and was altered again in Victorian times. The Scottish crown and other royal regalia are displayed in the Crown Room. Also notable is the Scottish National War Memorial.
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- No wheelchair access to military prisons, St Margaret's Chapel, Queen Mary's Room, Kings Dining Room & Crown Jewel exhibition due to width restrictions, steep cobbled roadways
- Facilities: Limited disabled parking and mobility transfer vehicle - phone to book in advance. Ramp over steps into Great Hall, wheelchairs, hands on models & Braille interpretation
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year daily, Apr-Sep 9.30-6; Oct-Mar 9.30-5; 1 Jan, 11-5 (last admission 1hr before closing). Closed 25-26 Dec
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About the area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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