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
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.