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Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

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Castle Hill
Scotland EH1 2NG
Tel: 44 131 225 9846
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Even if poking around old castles isn't your thing, come for the views from its perch on an extinct volcano. For the history buffs, there are the former royal apartments (Mary Queen of Scots gave birth here), the Crown Room, and the city's oldest building, St Margaret's Chapel (built around 900 years ago). Just be warned: The extremely loud One O'clock Gun is fired from here, which makes locals and visitors jump on a daily basis. Each August, the Military Tattoo takes place on the esplanade, and the castle makes a stunning backdrop for the firework displays at the end of the Edinburgh Festival and on Hogmanay (New Year's Eve).

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In additon to the more widely known features, Edinburgh has some not to be missed eshibitions. The War Museum and the prisoner of war cells are of both historical... more