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Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
+44 131 661 4445
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The castle of Craigmillar is one of the most perfectly preserved castles in Scotland. Even today, the castle retains the character of a medieval stronghold. Building began in the early 15th century, and over the next 250 years the castle became a comfortable residence surrounded by fine gardens and pastureland. The castles history is not only closely involved with the city of Edinburgh, but plays an important part in the story of Mary Queen of Scots who fled to Craigmillar Castle following the murder of Rizzio. It was in the castle where the plot was hatched to murder Marys husband, Lord Darnley. Built round an L-plan tower house of the early 15th Century, Craigmillar was much expanded in the 15th and 16th Centuries. It is a handsome ruin, including a range of private rooms linked to the hall of the old tower. Open all year. Winter closed Thurs and Fri.
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Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
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"nooks and crannies"
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"royal infirmary"
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"mary queen of scots"
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"tower house"
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"dalkeith road"
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"historic scotland"
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"arthur's seat"
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"a small gift shop"
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"city centre"
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"guide book"
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"information boards"
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"back in the day"
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"ticket office"
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"great for kids"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After over two weeks of traveling around Scotland and looking at tons of castles, this one is at the top as our favorite! We got there at 4:30 and were the only ones there. It was super fun running around and exploring all of the...More

Thank Shannon H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a very short bus ride from central Edinburgh and well worth the effort. It is set within some lovely countryside with views of the city. The towers and rooms are really atmospheric and fun to explore, with information boards located at particular points....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

My first ever castle abroad, and honestly still one of my favorites after traveling all over. This well preserved castle is just outside the city's hustle and bustle. Beautifully kept grounds, well preserved castle that you can literally wander through and experience a piece of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Construction began early in the 15th century and expanded in the 16 & 17th. Mary Queen of Scots fled here after her personal secretary, Rizzio, was murdered so its history is linked to the city of Edinburgh. At the entrance there are a pair of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Situated in a beautiful estate that is managed pretty well, Craigmillar Castle is well worth the trip. The Castle itself is well maintained and still very interesting to walk around. I would highly recommend a visit if your in the south side of Edinburgh!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice wee afternoon out with the family. Plenty information and actors setting the scene the day we were there. Would recommend and may well visit again some time.

Thank SG20102014
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing city view from the high ramparts. Many chambers to get lost in. Very LIMITED parking. Mary Queen of Scots played a role in its history.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This unsung castle is well worth of visit. The amount of preservation is amazing. It has strong associations with Mary Queen of Scots and with the murder of Darnley.It is in a beautiful setting with superb views over Edinburgh.There are some activities for children. Quoits...More

Thank Jeanette D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is good for a family day out and for Outlander fans who want to see some of the film locations Lots of interesting things to see

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit Craigmillar Castle because my10 yr old grandson could climb, explore on his own. We all enjoyed poking around the ruins on our own and the peaceful environment. It is quite a walk from the bus stop but most of it is...More

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BeachMickey
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Response from myfunnybones | Reviewed this property |
Not a problem as this place is near a residential area.
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Phoebe D
10 October 2017|
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Response from Luisa K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, yo can take the bus to the Royal Infirmery. It is next to Craigmillar.
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Scoates76
1 October 2017|
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Response from Emily S | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are. All through the park and in the castle.
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