Perched atop Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle has been dominating the skyline of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland since as far back as the 12th century. Apart from having been the residence of several reigning monarchs, it was also one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland. Today, the stone walls of the castle protect countless treasures including the nation’s Crown Jewels. Highlights include the Crown Room, the Great Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel, and the Scottish National War Memorial. Guided tours are offered daily and an audio guided tour in eight languages is also available. The castle is open to visitors every day from 9:30 am until 5 pm in the summer, and 4 pm in the winter. Access for visitors with disabilities is provided to most of the exhibits.