Arrive in the city centre of Edinburgh and you will not miss Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle, which stands on the volcanic Castle Rock, dominates the skyline above Princes Street Gardens. It stands at the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. The Royal Mile, including the castle, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is Scotland’s most visited paid attraction, and it receives over 1 million visitors annually.
Edinburgh Castle is an ancient stronghold which dates back as far as the 9th century BC. The great history of the Castle includes battles and sieges and has provided protection to many great Scottish monarchs. In the 1600s, the castle became a military base, which it still remains today.
The castle offers many highlights including the Great Hall, the Stone of Destiny, the Crown Jewels and military museums. Another great highlight is the view over Edinburgh’s New Town and out to the Firth of Forth. Do not miss the one o’clock gun, which is fired from one of the castle's cannons at 13:00 every day, with the exception of Sundays. This tradition has stood since 1861 and was originally meant as a time signal for ships sailing on the Firth of Forth.
If you are short of time or wish to make the most out of your visit, take part in a guided tour. Complimentary tours are available by experienced guides who delight in sharing their knowledge and stories about the castles. Audio guided tours are also available in several languages and can be booked online. Get there early to avoid queues, especially during the summer months.
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
During the summer months, the castle’s promenade is transformed in preparation for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August. Against the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Military Tattoo is world renowned and has an annual audience of over 200,000. Over 100 million people tune in worldwide for the televised event each year to watch Scottish Regiments joined by their global counterparts to put on this amazing performance.
Accommodation near Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh Tattoo
Edinburgh Castle is an unmissable attraction in Edinburgh. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh stands on the historic Royal Mile, metres from Edinburgh Castle and only a short distance from the many Royal Mile attractions. Return to your stylish hotel after a fun-filled day of exploring everything Edinburgh has to offer, and indulge in a relaxing swim or spa treatment at Pace Health Club.