An Edinburgh Castle travel guide – heraldry and history in Edinburgh’s most striking building
Edinburgh Castle was built for defence and inside its imposing walls lie military exhibits including the Mons Meg, one of the world’s oldest cannons. The Prisons of War Exhibition evokes the conditions the 18th-century captives endured, while Scotland’s military history is on display at two regimental museums. During the festival the pageantry of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is particularly spellbinding.
Those with a keen interest in the history of Scotland pre- unification are spoilt for choice on a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The Honours of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels) are the UK’s oldest royal regalia, while the Stone of Destiny, on which centuries of Scottish monarchs were crowned, is now back in Scotland after a 700-year wait. The castle also is the site of the former Royal Palace, where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to her only child, James.
Fun for kids
Dramatically perched atop a volcanic spur, Edinburgh Castle excites children’s sensibilities instantly. The mix of crenellated walls, intimidating guardhouses and narrow passageways ensure children are kept busy exploring for hours.
When: Open every day
Where: Edinburgh city centre
Tickets: Tickets from £15
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