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

Rob Roy MacGregor

Rob Roy MacGregor

22nd November 2018
Rob Roy MacGregor - Hear stories of Rebellion, clan warfare and self-preservation at Edinburgh Castle.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

23rd November 2018
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
Inglis’ Amazons

Inglis’ Amazons

24th November 2018
Inglis’ Amazons: hear the tales of this incredible all-female medical unit as they save lives at the front.
Inglis’ Amazons

Inglis’ Amazons

25th November 2018
Inglis’ Amazons: hear the tales of this incredible all-female medical unit as they save lives at the front.
Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

27th November 2018
Come and meet Mrs Jane Clark, the commandant of a unit of VAD nurses and hear her story at Edinburgh Castle.
Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

Unsung Heroines – the Role of the VADs

28th November 2018
Come and meet Mrs Jane Clark, the commandant of a unit of VAD nurses and hear her story at Edinburgh Castle.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

29th November 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

30th November 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Schiltron!

Schiltron!

1st December 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and find out what a Schiltron was, how pikes were used and have a go yourself!
Schiltron!

Schiltron!

2nd December 2018
Come along to Edinburgh Castle and find out what a Schiltron was, how pikes were used and have a go yourself!
Meet the Barbersurgeon

Meet the Barbersurgeon

3rd December 2018 - 5th December 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.
Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle

Christmas Lunch at Edinburgh Castle

7th December 2018 - 23rd December 2018
Make Christmas 2018 special with a three course lunch in the opulent Queen Anne Room at Edinburgh Castle, and enjoy a dining experience fit for royalty.
Kilts and Captivity

Kilts and Captivity

8th December 2018
Find out why the Jacobite Risings of 1715 and 1745 failed as you meet a Highlander held prisoner in Edinburgh Castle.
Music Through the Ages

Music Through the Ages

9th December 2018
Meet King James V's musician as he explain some of the music and instruments played in court at Edinburgh Castle.
Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest!

15th December 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!

18th December 2018
Find out the part Grenadiers would play in the history of Edinburgh Castle and the eventual defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden.
Traditions and Tales of Christmas

Traditions and Tales of Christmas

20th December 2018 - 22nd December 2018
Learn about the traditions and tales of a Victorian Christmas at Edinburgh Castle from 20th - 22nd December.
A Very Mary Christmas

A Very Mary Christmas

23rd December 2018
Come and join in the fun and see how Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
A Very Mary Christmas

A Very Mary Christmas

24th December 2018
Come and join in the fun and see how Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
A Very Mary Christmas

A Very Mary Christmas

28th December 2018
Come and join in the fun and see how Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
A Very Mary Christmas

A Very Mary Christmas

29th December 2018
Come and join in the fun and see how Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
A Very Mary Christmas

A Very Mary Christmas

30th December 2018
Come and join in the fun and see how Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the Twelve Days of Christmas with her courtiers.
Bolts and Bodkins

Bolts and Bodkins

31st December 2018
Join castle archer Rusty Bodkins for an explanation of how the Scots used the medieval longbow and crossbow.
Burns for Beginners at Edinburgh Castle

Burns for Beginners at Edinburgh Castle

26th January 2019 - 29th January 2019
Come along for a light-hearted introduction to the bard and some of his works at Edinburgh Castle.
Crime and Punishment in Medieval Scotland

Crime and Punishment in Medieval Scotland

7th February 2019 - 12th February 2019
Listen as Gilbert Savage, the Executioner, recounts the nature of crime & punishment during the turbulent times in Medieval Scotland.
Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

14th July 2019
International pop star Kylie Minogue announces a series of special shows for summer 2019, bringing her globally-celebrated talent as a live performer to Edinburgh for the first time since 1991.

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Popular Events

Christmas Market - East Princes Street Gardens
The Christmas Market will once again return to East Princes St Gardens for a whole host of bespoke and traditional Christmas items!
Christmas at the Botanics 2018
Explore the sights and sounds of Christmas in this magical after dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens!
Santa’s Grotto
Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to Santa... when he arrives at Santa Land in George Street.
La Clique Noël - Part Deux
La Clique Noël returns home to Edinburgh for Christmas with a new seasonal spectacular, La Clique Noël - Part Deux.
Giant Lanterns of China 2018
The Giant Lanterns of China are back at Edinburgh Zoo! It's a new and exciting adventure as Scottish myths, ancient Chinese legends and incredible creatures come to life this winter.

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