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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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Reviewed yesterday

One of the best castles to visit in the Edinburgh area. It is a ruin but parts of the building are still intact and give a fair idea of how the castle looked in the past (the well placed interpretation boards are useful for this...More

Thank Nikki J
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The castle was built in the 14th Century and abandoned in the 18th Century. It is in the middle of Craigmillar Castle Park about 3 miles from Edinburgh city centre and easily accessible by bus. There is a small car park accessed by Craigmillar Castle...More

2  Thank 938fjg
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the bus to Craigmillar castle a couple miles out of town. Walk through the park (5-10 minutes) to the stunning castle. Well preserved castle. Practically to ourselves. Easy to imagine living back in the day. Well worth the trip!!

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

While this castle is a ruin much of it is well preserved. There are a great many books and crannies to explore and you could spend many happy hours exploring or playing hide and seek. Close enough to Edinburgh centre (but not walkable) it has...More

Thank Kath M
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Craigmillar Castle ruins are a very interesting and take quite a bit of time to walk through it all. You are even permitted to walk out on the top floor "roof" to look out over the grounds and take in the view of Edinburgh. A...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

Or not so hidden? This castle was a highlight of our trip. It is getting more well known now after Outlander and the Robert the Bruce Netflix series been filmed there. Have to say it was a delight to explore this castle with so much...More

1  Thank petetravel648
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

My husband and I visited this castle on a Monday afternoon. There was not many people, so we had the castle to ourselves. The castle has a beautiful courtyard and there is lots to explore. There are good views over Edinburgh. Very helpful young man...More

Thank FiRuss
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Really unusual castle. You can climbing anywhere and explore everything you want and its was like 5 people so we have feelings like its our own place. Beautiful place and really nice view.

Thank Alex Z
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

I am exceedingly tight fisted but after many years of living in edinburgh i decided to bite the bullet and PAY to go inside. It was well worth every penny of the entrance fee of £6. So much to see and stairs to climb. The...More

2  Thank firstnowtsoqueer
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Situated in the Edinburgh City, this is a very amazing castle to visit. The price is very reasonable but is better to arrange the tour during a not raining day or not snowing day, since in many parts of the castle the roof is not...More

1  Thank antonella b
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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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