The Great Hall was completed in 1511, as the nation’s chief place of ceremony and state assembly. An original hammerbeam roof dating from 1511 is just one fascinating feature of the impressive Great Hall.
All visitors to the castle can join our popular guided tour free of charge. Filled with intriguing tales and castle secrets for all.
The Honours of Scotland
Top of the list for many visitors are The Honours of Scotland, the nation’s crown jewels. The crown, sceptre and sword of state are the oldest royal regalia in the United Kingdom.
This mighty medieval siege gun is one of the world’s oldest, it could fire a gunstone almost two miles. Built at Mons, Belgium, she represented the cutting edge of military technology.
National War Museum Scotland
Discover the story of Scots at war over 400 years, revealed through personal mementoes, photographs and military objects.
One o’clock Gun
The One o’ Clock Gun was first fired from the Castle on 7 June 1861, and has continued ever since, six days a week, except during the two World Wars.
Prisons of War Exhibition
A highly acclaimed ‘Prisons of War’ experience in the castle vaults vividly recalls the conditions the 18th century captives endured.
Its fine rooms were the home of Scotland’s royalty for centuries, where Queen Marie de Guise died in 1560 and her daughter Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to James VI in 1566.
Royal Scots Regimental Museum
Explore the proud and exciting story of one of Scotland’s most famous regiments.
Scottish National War Memorial
Originally opened in 1927, this is a memorial to Scots who died in both World Wars, and in later campaigns. Their names are listed here in the Roll of Honour.
The Regimental Museum Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
An important collection illustrating the history of Scotland’s only cavalry regiment and its English and Scottish antecedents dating back to 1678.
The Stone of Destiny
The Stone of Destiny is an important symbol of Scottish nationhood, and still plays a central role in all British coronations. It was the coronation seat of ancient Scottish kings.
St Margaret’s Chapel
Take a quiet moment in St Margaret’s Chapel, built by David I around 1130 and the oldest building in Edinburgh.
Views of Edinburgh
Photo hotspots around the castle – capture stunning views of Edinburgh
The Palace of Holyroodhouse
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, stands at the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. This fine baroque palace is closely associated with Scotland’s rich history.
Today the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen and other members of the Royal Family for State ceremonies and official entertaining.