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Restaurant with Rooms

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Rated from 3 to 5, and meeting all the criteria of black stars, Gold Stars are awarded to the best in Britain and Ireland within their particular banding.

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Customer rating 9 / 10
Based on 765 reviews

Two deeply romantic suites in the heart of Scotland’s capital

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At a glance

1 Rosette restaurant
Breakfast Award

Originally built in 1595, The Witchery by the Castle is situated in a historic building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle. The two luxurious and theatrically decorated suites, known as the Inner Sanctum and the Old Rectory, are located above the restaurant and are reached via a winding stone staircase. Filled with antiques, opulently draped beds, large roll-top baths and a plethora of memorabilia, this ancient and exciting establishment is often described as one of the country's most romantic destinations.

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  • Rooms: 9
  • Ground-floor rooms: 1

Room rates

  • Credit cards accepted

Opening times

  • Closed: 25–26 December


  • Dinner served
  • Last orders for evening meals: 11.30pm


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Free satellite TV in rooms
  • Freeview TV in rooms
  • Other facilities: Bottled water – complimentary
  • Self-catering available


  • Steps for wheelchair: 4


  • No children under: 12 years

Getting here

Top of Royal Mile at gates of Edinburgh Castle.

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Edinburgh Waverley
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