Edinburgh Castle named among world’s ‘worst value’ tourist attractions

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New research has placed Edinburgh Castlefrom tourist attractions with the “best value for money” in the world.

Arguably Scotland’s most famous landmark, the castle was ranked 10th in the overall list alongside Buckingham Palace, the Empire State Building and the Palace of Versailles.

The study by the travel and booking comparator ParkSleepFly analyzed the cost of a one-day adult admission ticket to 30 of the world’s top tourist attractions, as well as the number of “poor” and “terrible” reviews each attraction received.

The attractions were then given a standardized “value score” out of ten to reveal the least (and best) tourist attractions in the world in terms of value for money.

A spokesperson for ParkSleepFly said: “With many people eager to check off items on their to-do lists, the world’s major tourist traps are bracing for an influx of visitors.

“However, before you book your airport parking and tickets, it might be a good idea to take a step back and look at the costs of visiting these well-known sites.

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“To try to help you, we’ve taken a look at the admission price of some of the world’s biggest attractions and compared them to the quality of their rating, to reveal the worst and best tourist attractions in the world.”

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland (HES) said: “Edinburgh Castle is an iconic landmark and one of the most exciting sites in Europe, with visitors able to explore the magnificent Great Hall; the Sainte-Marguerite chapel; the royal apartments; Mons Meg; the Honors of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny.

“Our tickets are competitively priced and compared to other top tourist attractions, allowing us to welcome visitors from around the world while offering value for money.

“We are committed to finding ways to make heritage more accessible to the public, which is why we are once again taking part in the Young Scot scheme allowing young people from across Scotland to visit a number of our sites for just £1d admission, and also offering our popular Explorer Pass, a flexible and economical way for groups and individuals to experience our attractions.

“We also run a visitor survey for everyone who buys a ticket to our venues. with recent reviews showing Edinburgh Castle consistently scores above 8 out of 10 in key areas such as value for money; enjoyment; welcome and recommendation to others.”

The top 10 cheapest tourist attractions

Rank

Attraction

Location

Ticket price ($)

Ticket price (£)

Ticket price (€)

% bad reviews

Value score /10

1

Empire State Building

New York City

$44.00

£32.57

€38.82

4.2%

1.03

2

Buckingham Palace

London

$40.53

£30.00

€35.76

3.3%

1.90

2

Stonehenge

Wiltshire

$26.35

£19.50

€23.25

8.0%

1.90

2

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

New York City

$25.00

£18.50

22,06 €

18.1%

1.90

5

London eye

London

$36.48

£27.00

€32.19

4.2%

2.07

6

modern Art Museum

New York City

$25.00

£18.50

22,06 €

4.7%

2.59

7

Castle of Versailles

Versailles

$22.67

£16.78

20,00 €

9.5%

2.76

8

Petra

Ma’an

$70.52

£52.11

€62.07

2.5%

2.93

9

Vatican Museums

Vatican City

$19.27

£14.26

€17.00

8.2%

3.28

ten

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh

$23.64

£17.50

20,86 €

2.9%

3.97

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