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Discover the Best Castles in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is a city steeped in history and culture. One of the most prominent features of the city’s landscape is its many castles, each with its own unique story to tell. Here are some of the most notable castles in Edinburgh that you can visit.

Edinburgh Castle is perhaps the most famous of all the castles in Edinburgh. It sits atop a rocky hill overlooking the city and has been a royal residence, military stronghold, and prison over its long history. The castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and the famous One O’Clock Gun.

Another must-visit castle in Edinburgh is Craigmillar Castle. Located just outside the city centre, this 14th-century castle is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Scotland. It’s surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers stunning views of the city.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the monarch in Scotland. It was built in the 16th century and has been the site of many significant historical events, including the murder of Mary Queen of Scots’ secretary, David Rizzio. Visitors can explore the palace’s opulent state apartments and learn about its fascinating history.

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  • Craigmillar Castle ruins in Edinburgh

    Craigmillar Castle

    Craigmillar Castle Rd
    United Kingdom
    EH16 4SY

    0131 661 4445

    Known as Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’, Craigmillar Castle’s ruins and park rest on the outskirts of the city. Far-reaching views, medieval architecture, and trails make this a great excursion for history lovers of all ages!

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  • Edinburgh Castle

    Edinburgh Castle

    EH1 2NG

    0131 225 9846

    Sat atop of Castle Rock, overlooking the skyline of the historic city of Edinburgh is Edinburgh Castle, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an iconic Scottish attraction, the site of which dates back to at least the Iron Age.

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  • Lauriston Castle Exterior
    Image Credits: Supergolden - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Lauriston Castle

    2 Cramond Rd S
    EH4 6AD

    0131 336 2060

    A history lover’s dream, Lauriston Castle offers visitors tours of its stunning grounds and 16th-century tower house. Families can experience the delights of Mimi’s Bakehouse, the Japanese Gardens, ornate décor and more at this venue!

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  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse Exterior
    Image Credits: Saffron Blaze - CC BY-SA 3.0

    Palace of Holyroodhouse

    EH8 8DX

    0303 123 7306

    The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a 16th-century palace resting on the edge of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park. Officially Her Royal Highness’ Scottish residence, the palace is perfect for history lovers; offering tours of its gallery, reception rooms, and abbey.

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