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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh: 244 reviews and 424 photos

Food and Drink: Good for a snack on the way round, but not so hot for lunch. The Queen Anne Caf? and Mills Mount restaurant both sell substantial Scottish home baking for when you need to refuel. A better bet for lunch is the Hub Caf? in the new Festival centre or, if you are feeling flush, the Witchery restaurant, both close to the castle walls.

Other notes: The retail opportunities at the castle are legion but surprisingly tasteful with the minimum of tartan tat. After gawping at the crown jewels, funnily enough, you can buy a wristful of jewellery; there?s also bookshop, a regimental shop and a double-floored emporium with all the whisky-flavoured marmalade your heart could crave. For a family souvenir with a difference, have your portrait taken in Jacobite outfits, ?10 for the first person, ?5 each for the rest.

Access: Facilities for handicapped visitors include a courtesy car up to the Crown Square and a lift into the main exhibition. The digital player and a crown jewels exhibit have both been marked in Braille.

Prices (last time I looked): Adults GBP6.50, reduced rate 5, children under 16 2, under 5s free.

Ideal length of stay: 3 - 4 hours (including refreshments)

Getting There. Leave your car behind - unless you arrive early enough to catch an expensive parking meter in Johnston Terrace or are prepared to walk up from the Castle Terrace car park near the Usher Hall. A bus to the High Street or George IV bridge is the best bet. Trains call in at Waverley Station, close enough to lob a cannonball (though apparently that?s illegal) but it?s a steep climb to the castle.

Lavatories: The main facility was voted Loo of the Year, so pretty good as far as these things go.

Phone: 441312259846
Website: http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 22, 2004
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