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.

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