Travel back in time and retrace the footsteps of Scotland’s kings, queens, and soldiers at the Edinburgh Castle. One of the oldest fortified places in Europe, the castle has many stories to tell. Throughout history, it has served as a royal residence, prison, fortress, and a military garrison. This grand hill fort stands on a mighty rock whose location offers strategic advantages. Numerous armies have laid siege to the castle, particularly during the Wars of Independence when its leadership fell to multiple hands. Parts of the castle are used by the Scottish military even today.
Visit the National War Museum located inside the grounds of Edinburgh Castle. The museum commemorates historic Scottish battles and the warriors who led them.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions showcase unique, immersive exhibits on optical illusions, color, and the play of light. Visitors can also try their hand at puzzles or discover their way out of a mirror maze and vortex tunnel.
Explore the historic Grassmarket - once a lively market, as well as a site for public executions! Grassmarket today is a friendlier place and houses several restaurants and pubs. It also offers fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle from below.
When in Scotland, do not miss out on the annual series of Military Tattoos by the British Armed Forces and the Commonwealth and International military bands. This fantastic event takes place at the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle during August each year.
Visitors looking for a short escape can experience the beautiful sights, culture, and hotels in Inverness or Glasgow. These cities are only a few hours’ drives from Edinburgh.
Opt for OYO hotels near Edinburgh Castle for a memorable experience of hospitality. The hotels offer amenities guaranteed to make your stay comfortable - from spacious rooms, clean washrooms, parking facilities, and free wi-fi. In-house restaurants and swimming pools are also available at select hotels. Travelers can also make bookings on weekly hotel rates, starting from £30-£60.