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Edinburgh Castle dominates Scotland's capital city from its great rock. Its story has helped shape the nation's story.

Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been and inspired by it.

In the 1600s, the castle became a military base. Some buildings were rebuilt and new ones were raised to house a huge garrison - and provide a secure jail for prisoners of war.

The military presence remains unbroken, but over the last 200 years the castle has become a national icon. It is now Scotland's leading tourist attraction, and a key element of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Come to the castle and hear the rest of the story.


Upcoming Events at Edinburgh Castle

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

20th February 2018
Find out the part Grenadiers would play in the history of Edinburgh Castle and the eventual defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden.
Castle Captive

Castle Captive

21st February 2018
Meet an Edinburgh Castle prisoner from the 18th century and hear about his life and times, and how he came to be in his predicament.
Castle Captive

Castle Captive

22nd February 2018
Meet an Edinburgh Castle prisoner from the 18th century and hear about his life and times, and how he came to be in his predicament.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

23rd February 2018 - 25th February 2018
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Castle Captive

Castle Captive

26th February 2018
Meet an Edinburgh Castle prisoner from the 18th century and hear about his life and times, and how he came to be in his predicament.
The Road to Bannockburn

The Road to Bannockburn

1st March 2018
Meet one of Robert the Bruce’s men who served under the command of Thomas Randolph during the capture of Edinburgh Castle in 1314.
The Road to Bannockburn

The Road to Bannockburn

2nd March 2018
Meet one of Robert the Bruce’s men who served under the command of Thomas Randolph during the capture of Edinburgh Castle in 1314.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

3rd March 2018
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
Claymore!

Claymore!

3rd March 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and see how medieval Scots used two handed swords and have a go yourself.
Claymore!

Claymore!

4th March 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and see how medieval Scots used two handed swords and have a go yourself.
Schiltron! Flodden Era

Schiltron! Flodden Era

4th March 2018
Come and see how the Scots of this era fought with pikes in schiltrons and have a go yourself at Edinburgh Castle.
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

5th March 2018 - 7th March 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
The Lang Siege

The Lang Siege

8th March 2018 - 9th March 2018
Meet a lowly servant and learn how he survives during a siege and why forces are attacking Edinburgh Castle.
Divided Loyalties of the ’45

Divided Loyalties of the ’45

10th March 2018 - 11th March 2018
Meet a Jacobite prisoner, his redcoat captor and learn of their shared common upbringing in the highlands.
Women of Independence

Women of Independence

12th March 2018 - 13th March 2018
Hear how during the Wars of Independence, women were among some of Bruce's strongest and bravest supporters.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

14th March 2018 - 16th March 2018
Hear the true stories of two veterans- a soldier and a nurse- as they recount their tales from four years of war.
Rebels and Redcoats

Rebels and Redcoats

19th March 2018 - 21st March 2018
Rebels and Redcoats - Learn about the role Edinburgh Castle played in the Jacobite war.
Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

22nd March 2018
Find out the part Grenadiers would play in the history of Edinburgh Castle and the eventual defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden.
Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

23rd March 2018
Find out the part Grenadiers would play in the history of Edinburgh Castle and the eventual defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden.
Medieval Fashion

Medieval Fashion

24th March 2018 - 25th March 2018
See how fashion of the Kings court here in Edinburgh Castle changed through the medieval period for both men and women.
Honours of Scotland

Honours of Scotland

26th March 2018 - 28th March 2018
Hidden away for 100 years, hear from one of the men who rediscovered the Honours of Scotland.
Meet the Barbersurgeon

Meet the Barbersurgeon

29th March 2018 - 31st March 2018
It's 1573 and once more Edinburgh Castle is under siege! Meet the Barbersurgeon and see the tools of the surgical trade in his medical cabinet.
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

21st April 2018
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Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

18th May 2018
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Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

2nd June 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle.
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

9th June 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle.
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

11th June 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle.
Il Divo

Il Divo

13th July 2018
Record-breaking classical crossover group, Il Divo include a date at Edinburgh Castle on 13th July as part of their 'Castles & Country Tour'.
Bananarama

Bananarama

20th July 2018
Making their Edinburgh Castle debut, Bananarama will play their first ever outdoor gig on Friday 20 July.
Del Amitri

Del Amitri

21st July 2018
25 years after last taking to the stage at the castle, Scottish Band Del Amitri will play Edinburgh Castle on 21 July 2018.
Gun Salutes 2018

Gun Salutes 2018

14th November 2018
Check here for a full list of gun salutes throughout the year at Edinburgh Castle.

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