Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

About Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle Castlehill, Edinburgh Old Town EH1 2NG
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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

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.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

3rd August 2018 - 25th August 2018
With the world famous Edinburgh Castle as their backdrop, the four corners of the globe will meet; making the 2018 Tattoo (3-25 August) as spectacular as ever.
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

3rd September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings.
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

4th September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings.
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

6th September 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

7th September 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

14th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

17th September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings.
Jacobite Secrets

Jacobite Secrets

19th September 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and meet a secret Jacobite lady and hear her tales of the 1715 and 1745 Risings.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

20th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

21st September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Inglis’ Amazons

Inglis’ Amazons

22nd September 2018
Inglis’ Amazons: hear the tales of this incredible all-female medical unit as they save lives at the front.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

24th September 2018
Come and hear the story of the role Sir Robert Lorimer played in the building of the Scottish National War Memorial.
In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

In Memoriam - A Forgotten Story

24th September 2018
Hear how Alice Meredith Williams made a most significant contribution to the Scottish National War Memorial.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

26th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

27th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

28th September 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

29th September 2018
Come and hear the story of the role Sir Robert Lorimer played in the building of the Scottish National War Memorial.
Their Name Liveth

Their Name Liveth

30th September 2018
Come and hear the story of the role Sir Robert Lorimer played in the building of the Scottish National War Memorial.
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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The exuberant cabaret-swing of Rumba da Bodas are celebrating their tenth anniversary and return to Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in July.
Puzzle in the Gardens
Cryptically painted puzzle pieces are set in the trees for viewers to discover in this art installation by Anne Gilchrist.

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