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Edinburgh Castle

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Ranked #1 Can't Miss Attractions in Edinburgh
Open Open from 4/1-9/30,9:30am-6:00pm;Open from 10/1-3/1,9:30am-5:00pm
Recommended sightseeing time:1.5-2.5 hours
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, UKMap

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It was a medieval trip to Edinburgh, from Edinburgh Castle on the dead volcanic rocks to a panoramic view of the city of Carlton Hill. Photographed in the old city of Edinburgh and Royal Mile Avenue, and hit Apple's retail store on Prince Street. Meeting street performers in skirts and bagpipes on the side of the road, children playing football in the park. Missing the Roslin Church of the Da Vinci Code, and coming to the place where Harry Potter's magic world was born, the tale of Mary King Lane's fierce ghosts made the night Ghost tours very exciting. The Scotsman's accent was laborious, but his character was as warm as whiskey.


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Standing on an extinct volcano in the heart of the city, Edinburgh Castle dates back to the 6th century and served as a royal residence, military fortress and prison, a testimony to Scottish history. This is the commanding heights in the city of Edinburgh, overlooking the panoramic view of Edinburgh from the castle. Visit GuideThe castle on the cliff is a majestic sight, accessible only by a single slope. There are ancient cannons, clock towers, prisons, halls, war museums, royal palaces, etc. in the castle, and you can use an audio guide to learn the history behind them. Although the castle is not very big, the buildings are distributed a bit around, and it may be a little dizzy. During the visit, I will also meet people who wear Scottish skirts and bagpipes, which are very friendly. There are also many cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops in the castle. The main attraction of the castle is to walk up the hill from the Castle Square, cross a bridge and enter the gate of the castle, and see a small square. There are several rows of cannons along the city walls, showing the once supreme kingship of the castle. Standing next to the fort, you can overlook the scenery below the castle. Different cannons have different functions. At 1 pm every day, an empty cannon will be fired here to announce the time. This is the famous OneO'clockGun. The War Museum in the Castle (NationalWarMuseum) displays simulated cannons, officers' clothing and ranks of various eras and other items, reproducing the glorious history of Edinburgh. There is a lookout here with a nice view. St. Margaret's Chapel (StMargaret'sChapel) This is the oldest existing building in Edinburgh. The interior is simple and simple, but it has very beautiful glass windows. The pattern is Queen Margaret, the wife of Malcolm III. In the Royal Palace, you can see items such as the Scottish crown, swords, scepters and royal family trees, as well as the authentic "Stone of Destiny", which is the cornerstone of the king's enthronement. There is a Queen Mary's room in the palace. It is not very conspicuous, but it has a tragic fate. You might as well listen to the guide carefully. The other side of the palace is the Great Hall, and the walls around the hall are covered with swords. There are also murals and fireplaces, with red walls, full of extravagance. Opposite the hall is the War Memorial Hall (ScottishNationalWarMemorial), guarded by two mythical beasts at the door, the hall is solemn and solemn, and many rosters are placed, recording the names of ordinary soldiers who died for Scotland. There is also the Prisons of War next to the Memorial Hall, which is eerie and restores the prison scene, and the smell is not very good. Festival Performance During the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in August every year, a military band will be held in front of the castle. You can see the performances of military bands in Scotland and around the world. After the show, there are also fireworks and light shows.
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