Dominating the skyline is Edinburgh Castle, built on the top of Castle Rock, an Iron Age settlement.
The Castle is Scotland’s most visited paid tourist attraction with over 1.2 million visitors per year.
It contains Edinburgh’s oldest building in the 12th century St. Margaret’s chapel.
From the 17th century it was mainly used as an army garrison and the British Army is still responsible for many parts.
On the south side of the castle running east is the Royal Mile, the main street of the old town, which runs from the castle to Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of the British monarchy, and open daily from 09.30.
On the northern side of the castle is Princes Street, being 1.6km long, with many famous High Street shops and banks on its northern side, and with Victorian gardens on its southern side allowing fantastic views of the castle high up on the rock
When you leave the Royal Mile you travel through the esplanade of the castle, now a major tourist attraction in itself, before you are met with the kilted soldiers of Scottish regiments.
The castle is open daily from 09.30 am. Closing time varies seasonally.
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