The castle lit orange

The Castle

Learn more about the castle's history and secrets.

History of the castle

Edinburgh Castle is alive with exciting tales of its time as a military fortress, royal residence and prison of war. When you climb Castle Hill, you will walk in the footsteps of soldiers, kings and queens – and even the odd pirate or two.

History
Detail of the door of a prison cell in the Argyle Tower with a hand holding a bar
Costumed performer dressed as Mary Queen of Scots

The castle's characters

Discover the characters which make up Edinburgh Castle's history.

The characters
General view of Edinburgh Castle from Princes St

Publications

Download or buy publications relating to Edinburgh Castle

Our souvenir guide can help you to get more out of your time at the castle – both on the day or before and after your visit. Full-colour and full of detail, it brings together all of the best stories about this iconic Scottish stronghold.

Edinburgh Castle publications