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One Day in Edinburgh

Destination(s): Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a famous historical city- if your visit is for one day it is important to take in the main sights of the city, but be prepared to rise early for there is a lot to pack in. The Castle and a museum will fill up most of your day but be sure to stop for both lunch and dinner in some of the cities best and most popular restaurants. read more about One Day in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

  • Castlehill
  • Castlehill
  • tel:+44 (0)131 225 9846
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

Information from Historic Scotland.

No trip to Scotland would be complete without a stop at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock. First erected in the 12th century, the fortress sits on top of an extinct volcano and is the most breathtaking part of the city's skyline. Within the castle walls you see impressive views of most of the New Town, including the Princes Street Gardens, Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags, the famous Balmoral Hotel and more. You can also explore the various rooms, chapels and compartments of the fortress and through interactive displays discover what living and working there might have been like during the medieval era.

The highlight of any tour of the castle is the Honours of Scotland (the crown jewels), on display in the Crown Room of the castle's Royal Palace (built in 1617). These include the ancient crown, sword and scepter, which date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. Here you can also see Scotland's most prized treasure: The Stone of Destiny, otherwise known as the Coronation Stone. This has been used in the crowning of Scottish and English monarchs (much to dismay of many Scottish nationalists) for hundreds of years.

Be sure to arrive before lunch, so you can watch the master gunner fire the castle's canon at 1pm (except Sundays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.); it is a tradition that dates back to1861 when the firing of the gun was used to signal for ships in the Firth of Forth and the port of Leith.

A popular visitor attraction and a World Heritage Site, Edinburgh Castle is now proud host to modern day events including rock gigs and the famous Edinburgh Tattoo.

Ticket Prices:
Adult: 13.00
(aged 16 to 59)

Child: 7.00
(aged 5 to 15)

Concession: 10.40
(aged 60 and over, unemployed)

Child under 5: FREE

Opening times:

Summer
9:30am - 6pm
1 Apr - 30 Sep

Winter:
9:30am - 5pm
1 Oct - 31 Mar
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Wee Windaes Restaurant (The)

Wee Windaes Restaurant (The)

  • 144 High Street
  • Royal Mile
  • tel:44 131 225 5144
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH1 1QS
National Gallery of Scotland

National Gallery of Scotland

  • The Mound
  • The Mound
  • tel:+44 131 624 6200
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

The National Gallery of Scotland is housed in a striking neoclassical building situated at one end of Princes Street Gardens. With works by Da Vinci and Van Gogh represented within the National Gallery of Scotland's collection this is an essential part of any tour to Edinburgh city. Temporary exhibitions are frequent here and tickets can be booked in advance from the website. read more about National Gallery of Scotland

Mercat Tours

Mercat Tours

  • Royal Mile
  • Next to St Giles Cathedral
  • tel:+44 131 225 5445
  • Visit website
  • Edinburgh, EH1 1NS

Join Mercat Tours on a journey through the dark narrow closes of the Old Town of Edinburgh and prepare to be terrified by tales of the City's ghostly and gory past. Descend into the Vaults beneath the South Bridge and hear stories of those who once occupied these dark chambers and perhaps still do… Tours run from noon till midnight and tickets can be bought online, at the Mercat Tours office, or at the Mercat Cross in the Royal Mile. read more about Mercat Tours