Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle sits at one end of the Royal Mile while the active Holyrood Palace sits at the other end. The entire structure sits upon a big rock and was really the throne of Scotland for some time. "To control the castle was to hold the keys to the kingdom." This place has seen so much life and death and functions still as part of a military base. Mostly, it serves as a remnant to the past, a window into a different time when kings and queens and warlords owned the earth. 

With three gift shops and two cafes, it's easy to explore the castle comfortably and knock off some souvenir purchases for friends and family. I stayed in a hostel right near the castle. I loved the hustle and bustle of people going to work and tourists going to visit the castle. 

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Travel
The castle is accessible by walking.
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UK
Coordinates: 55.9486° N, 3.1999° W

Cost & Admission
Opening Hours
Apr - Sep: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Oct - Mar: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Note: Last entry is 1 hour before closing. 

Prices as of Apr 2017-March 2018
Adult (aged 16-59)£17.00
Concession (aged 60+)£13.60
Child (aged 5-15)£10.20
Tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Food
There are three gift shops and two cafes. More info here.

Activities
Walking, seeing a historic site, shopping for souvenirs, eating.

Tips
It's a rather popular tourist destination so if possible, beat the crowds. It's part of the world heritage site so it's a must see.