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
Closed 16th – 22nd June. 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
Delve into Scotland’s most horrible history at the Edinburgh Dungeon – experience live
actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects. Step back into the darkest of times… are you brave enough to face 80 minutes of Scotland’s dark past?
William Wallace: Allegiance
Wallace’s Scottish Wars of Independence came to a grisly end with a devastating defeat at the Battle of Falkirk, 1298. Wallace evaded capture until 1305 by which time the English were baying for his blood.
Wallace was stripped naked, dragged by a horse to London’s Smithfield and there hanged, drawn and quartered.
What you’ll experience
Meet the patriotic WIlliam Wallace and his Scottish army
Watch his severed head come back to life to tell his version of events
Experience his demise as he is captured in a terrifying plot
Discover his gruesome fate
Judgement of Sinners
It is the middle of the 17th Century and the justice system is harsh, unpredictable and frequently lethal. Pray the judge has pity on your soul. Your sentencing and fate await you!
Discover the instruments of the torturer’s dark art in the grim torture chamber of the Royal Mile Jail. It’s a first-hand education in the cruel implements that were available to loosen your tongue, or tear it out!
Sawney Bean: Cave of the Cannibals
Face Sawney Bean and his frightening family of flesh eating cannibals. Travel by boat, deep into their cave for meal time……Will you escape, or become the cannibal’s next fresh meat?
Burke & Hare: The Business of Murder
Edge your way through the darkness and tombstones of the murky burial ground and find yourself in the very gravest of situations. Come face to face with notorious serial killers Mr Burke and Mr Hare.
Mary King’s Ghost
It is 1646 and an overwhelming stench hits you as you enter the mysterious Mary King’s Close. Discover the plague ridden streets, feel the unease around you as those left to die haunt the close. Will you catch it…or will they you?
Extremis: Drop Ride to Doom!
Wait as your sentence is read and your fate decided in the hanging gallows of Edinburgh Dungeon! Hear the screams of those around you, criminals condemned together, and draw your breath as you are lifted to face your doom!
Labyrinth of Lost Souls
Enter the Edinburgh Dungeon’s Haunted Labyrinth, a dark and terrifying maze of catacombs that stretches beneath the Royal Mile.