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Britain’s Treasures

This popular landmark dominates the Scottish capital’s skyline, just as it has dominated Edinburgh’s colourful history.


At the centre of the historic heart of Scotland, Edinburgh, you’ll find a castle reminiscent of fairy-tale legend, which has captured the imaginations of millions over the years. Edinburgh Castle is Scotland’s most popular ticketed tourist attraction, and was voted the UK’s top heritage attraction in the British Travel Awards four times in a row. Initially built to function as a fortress atop Castle Rock, rising 130 metres above sea level, the magnificent site offers unparalleled views of the city and surrounding countryside – a boon for both the medieval defenders and the modern visitor.

Protected by formidable castle walls is Edinburgh’s oldest building, St Margaret’s Chapel, named after Scotland’s pious queen consort from 1070-93. It was Margaret’s son, King David I, who built this chapel and the surrounding fort in around 1130. The chapel is one of only a few buildings to survive both Robert the Bruce’s campaign of destruction in the 14th century, and the 1571 Lang Siege – a conflict triggered by the forced abdication and exile of the beloved Mary, Queen of Scots.

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When we began thinking of how best to celebrate our 50th issue, we thought it would be great to look at the turning points in history, to pick which decisions had the greatest impact on the world. But as we started to come up with a list of key moments, it soon became clear that this was a herculean task; we were going to need some help. A few phone calls and emails later, we had assembled a panel of experts including some of the most respected and popular historians, writers and broadcasters in the land. We quickly realised it’s not possible to define the single biggest decision in history – how could anyone? – but the variety of responses we had illustrated the vast richness of history. So, from Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon, to Decca Records choosing to pass on the Beatles, we present 50 decisions that, for better or worse, have shaped our world. Before I let you go, I’d like to thank all of our readers most sincerely for your support since we launched – here’s to the next 50 issues!