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Winston-Salem, North Carolina
August 25, 2006
From journal London Fog
April 8, 2006
How much did it cost? Entrance into the castle was less than 10 pounds a person. An audioguide was available for an extra fee. It was well worth the money!
What was using the audioguide like? Throughout the castle small numbers are on display beside certain significant features. We punched these into our audioguides and heard wonderfully detailed narratives that added to our experience.
For example, outside of a tiny chapel dedicated to Saint Margaret, we learned how this eleventh century queen loved her husband so much that she died of a broken heart shortly after he fell on the field of battle.
Finding tales of war far more interesting than tales of love and woe, my son stared from dizzy heights across the battlements as he listened to a dramatic recounting of the "long siege" in which the supporters of Mary Queen of Scots were forced to surrender after a two-year-long hold out.
We couldn't listen to every story, however, because there were several museums to explore as well as the crown jewels to see!
What highlights are worth a mention? I liked standing in the tiny room where Elizabeth Tudor's cousin Mary Stewart gave birth in the 1500s to the boy who would eventually be the first king of Scotland AND England. American visitors will find it interesting to learn that some American sailors were held prisoner in the castle as evidenced by the carvings of a young nation's flag still preserved in a prison cell's wooden door. There is also a solemn memorial chapel to visit that honors all the men from Scotland who have fought to defend her.
Is there food here? There is a small cafe in which we got coffee and snacks. The warm drinks were especially nice because the weather is so brisk in December.
How much time should be alotted? We spent the better part of a day happily exploring the castle, but I would say you'd need at least a half-day to do the attraction justice, even if you went at a faster pace.
What ages does this attraction appeal to? This will be a hit with everyone in the family. Our son liked is as much as we did. With that said, I'm not sure how friendly it would be to people who have a hard time walking. Some of the fun is going up the narrow staircases and exploring. I may be wrong, but I didn't see a lot of handicap access.
Bottom line? A must see.
From journal Excellent Edinburgh
March 6, 2006
From journal Weekend in Edinburgh
Union, New Jersey
January 1, 2006
We only purchased admission tickets to Edinburgh Castle; however, a self-guided audio tour is available. The castle is comprised of several independent buildings. The War Museum contains exhibits depicting the numerous wars fought by and in Scotland. The barracks that housed prisoners of war was particularly interesting. The exhibit provided a glimpse at the cruel life as a prisoner in the Castle. The Scottish Crown jewels, including the crown, sword, and scepter, are encased in the Crown Room. It's worth a quick peak at these sparklers! Every day at 1pm a lone soldier comes on duty to fire the canon. If you are at the castle at that time, it's worth checking out, but be advised that a large crowd usually gathers and it's difficult to see the actual ceremony.
The castle is situated high above Edinburgh. The views are spectacular, particularly on a sunny day, like we were fortunate enough to have. Make sure your camera is loaded with film!
From journal December in Scotland
New York, New York
December 26, 2005
From journal Searching for Braveheart
November 29, 2005
From journal Fall Day in Edinburgh
November 28, 2005
We bought admission tickets and the self-guided audio tour for Edinburgh Castle which sits on top of a rocky extinct volcano in the middle of the city. There are several buildings within the castle walls. Our first stop was the National War Museum Of Scotland. This museum tells the history of Scotland in battle from the 17th century to modern times through displays of weaponry, uniforms, medals, short films, diaries, and battle scene paintings. Being new to the audio tour experience, we started off listening to just about every narration available in the museum. Before we knew it, three hours had gone by and we had only seen one building of the castle. We put the headphones away and headed out of the war museum to explore the rest of the castle.
Since the castle sits on a hill, it provides great views of the city and the River Forth (Firth Of Forth). Our view of the city was enhanced by the sight of a beautiful rainbow that followed one of the daily sporadic rain showers.
Over the centuries, Edinburgh Castle has been conquered, destroyed, and rebuilt several times. The only two original structures that remain here are the tiny 12th-century Chapel of St. Margaret and David's Tower. We had to walk down steps to get to the remains of the David's Tower because the rest of it was destroyed during an attack in 1573. The interior of the tower looks like an old dungeon with a quarry of rocks.
One of my favorite castle attractions was the Crown Room, which houses the Honors Of Scotland (Crown Jewels). The crown was first possessed by Mary, Queen Of Scots who was crowned in 1543 at the age of 9 months. The story of how the crown has been passed from ruler to ruler over the years is told through paintings, mannequins, dioramas, and audio narration. In the medieval days of Scotland, the castle and throne were constantly changing hands. The crown had to be smuggled and hidden during these upheavals. In 1707, the royal crown, scepter, and sword were hidden in a chest in Edinburgh Castle not to be found again until 111 years later. Our tour through the nearly 500 years of history presented in this building ended at the Crown Room where we were able to gaze upon the actually crown, sword, and scepter we had spent the last twenty minutes learning about. The relics were guarded and enclosed in a glass display in the middle of the room. Unfortunately, photography is not permitted.
We enjoyed our time at Edinburgh Castle. The views were great, and we were able to take in some Scottish history. I recommend purchasing the audio tour, because there is a great deal of information to enhance your visit; however, use the audio in moderation if you hope to have time to see any other attractions in the city.
From journal Sightseeing Weekend in Scotland
by Salty Underpants
Ann Arbor, Michigan
July 21, 2005
I dig Edinburgh Castle, but enough with the gift shops already!
To read more about my travels to Edinburgh and other destinations, feel free to check out my personal web site at www.saltyunderpants.com.
From journal Two Days in Edinburgh
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 18, 2005
It could hardly be easier to get to, as you can see it from most points in the centre of town, and, in fact, many roads lead to the castle. Simply follow the Royal Mile up, enjoying the scenery as you go, and you will find yourself walking right into the embrace of Edinburgh Castle.
The views are breathtaking, and it’s very easy to forget just what century you are living in. All of Edinburgh is a glorious mix of the very old and the new, but looking out from the castle seems to sum up the whole vibe beautifully.
From journal Across the Pond, to the wonders of Edinburgh...
by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
March 21, 2005
Just outside the chapel, is Mons Meg, the largest cannon I have ever seen. The six-ton gun was given as a gift to James II and was made in present-day Belgium. You could probably fit your whole head in there, but don’t encourage your kids to put their faces near firearms.
The main area is Crown Square, which is the actual royal residence as laid out by the Stewart dynasty. The Royal Palace itself is most impressive and quite enjoyable. Really the entire palace was a highlight. Much of the castle has been painstakingly restored, and you almost feel like you are walking through time in those rooms. One of the most popular sights is the room that holds the Honours of Scotland, or the Crown Jewels. The Honours comprise a crown, scepter, and sword, which were first together to crown the infant Mary Queen of Scots in 1543. The jewels were actually forgotten about from the early 1700s until 1818, when Sir Walter Scott pressured a search of the castle. They were found unceremoniously locked in a chest.
The Royal Apartments were my most memorable part of the castle. Here you can see the rooms lived in by the Kings and Queens, mostly Stewart. The most touching room is the tiny wood-paneled chamber in which Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to King James VI, who would one day unite England and Scotland under one crown
Also in the upper ward, there is the Scottish National War Memorial. The touching memorial is in a large structure, not unlike a cathedral, that is quite touching. The restored great hall is also located here, an impressive room that gives you some sense about what being a King or Queen may have been like.
Admission to the castle is steep, just like the climb (har, har). Adults are ₤9.80 and kids are ₤3.50. But seriously, it is so worth it. Millions of visitors can’t be wrong.
From journal Enchanting Edinburgh