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Edinburgh Castle is an ancient stronghold which dominates the sky-line of the city of Edinburgh. It's located atop Castle Rock and is Scotland's second most visited tourist attraction.
There is a huge choice of hotels, apartments, hostels, and b&b's within easy distance of the Castle. Accommodation located in the center of the city offering an indoor swimming pool, free Wifi, free car parking and free breakfast. Some hotels offer superb views of Castle Rock. Princes shopping street and EICC Conference centre is within walking distance of these hotels and b&b's.
Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC. Today, only a few of the castle's structures pre-date the Lang Siege of the 16th century. The only exception is St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, which dates from the early 12th century.
Edinburgh's fortress has been a centre of military activity. As an ancient fortress Edinburgh Castle is one of the few that still has a military garrison, albeit for largely ceremonial and administrative purposes. The New Barrack Block is now home to the official headquarters of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and 52 Infantry Brigade, as well as home to the regimental museum of the Royal Scots and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
Direct administration of the castle by the War Office only came to an end in 1923 when the army formally moved to the city's new Redford Barracks. Nevertheless, the Castle continues to have a strong connection with the Army. Sentries still stand watch at the castle gatehouse after opening hours, with responsibility for guarding the Honours of Scotland.
Highlights of the Castle :
The Royal Palace -- Created in 1617, this palace was home to the royal family.
St Margaret’s Chapel -- the oldest building in Edinburgh. Margaret was born into England's Royal family and married Malcolm III of Scotland.
The Great Hall -- holds a fabulous display of arms and armour, and is the place where national celebrations and coronations were held.
The National War Memorial -- World War I memorial
The National War Museum of Scotland -- the museum holds items from over 400 years of Scottish military history.
The Crown Room and The Stone of Destiny -- this is the place where the nation’s treasures are kept.
The Prisons of War Exhibition -- atmospheric recreation of the life of prisoners at the end of the 18th century
The One o’Clock Gun -- famous cannon which has been fired daily since June 7, 1861, except for during World Wars I and II.
Mons Meg -- is one of Europe’s oldest cannons
More information -- www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk - Edinburgh Castle in Scotland
The George Hotel - ( 0.8 km from Edinburgh Castle )
Recently refurbished, the George hotel is situated in the heart of Edinburgh, within easy reach of the majority of the city’s most popular attractions including the famous Castle, Princes Street..
Ramada Mount Royal - ( 0.8 km from Edinburgh Castle )
Stay at the Ramada Mount Royal and experience everything you'd expect from an international hotel company. In the heart of Edinburgh on Princess Street, overlooking Edinburgh Castle.
Old Waverley Hotel - ( 0.9 km from Edinburgh Castle )
The Old Waverley Hotel, located on Edinburgh's famous Princes Street, ensures everything is right on your doorstep. Many of the rooms offer stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.