The Witchery by the Castle

Location Edinburgh

Postcode EH1 2NF

Telephone 01312 255 613


Why we love it...

Atmospheric, award-winning restaurant

The Place

It takes its name from the hundreds of witches burned at the stake nearby, but The Witchery is, thankfully, not macabre. However, it is gothic and, above all, luxurious. Started some 30 years ago by James Thomson, it occupies a 16thC building at the gates of Edinburgh Castle and was previously used as committee rooms for the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Entering from a close off the Royal Mile, you pass through a doorway still marked with the original merchant’s initials and motto. Inside, candle-light reveals painted and gilded ceilings and walls covered in tapestries and 17thC oak paneling rescued from a fire at St Giles Cathedral. Gilded leather screens, red leather upholstery and antique church candlesticks add to the atmosphere.

Suites, either above the restaurant or in an adjacent building, are plush and opulent, with open fires, antiques, historic paintings and dramatic colour schemes, and have views towards the Old Town or over the Royal Mile.

You can eat either in the award-winning restaurant of the same name; in the Secret Garden, a terrace garden restaurant built behind the Witchery; or in The Tower, on the fifth floor of the National Museum of Scotland. If The Witchery is full, try its sister hotel, the smart Prestonfield (0131 225 7800).

The Essentials

Price Band ££££
Rooms 8 suites, all with bath; all have TV, DVD, CD player, phone, hairdrier
Food breakfast and bottle of Champagne included in rate, lunch, dinner
Facilities 2 restaurants, sister restaurant at Museum of Scotland
Children not accepted
Disabled access difficult
Pets not accepted

To Book

Contact James Thomson
Call 01312 255 613
Fax 01312 220 392

Good To Know

Address Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF

The Location

Find this place: at the gates of Edinburgh Castle, public car park nearby

What's nearby: Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Holyrood House.