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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

Our B&B host told us to visit this intriguing attraction that many tourists don't know about and we're so thankful for the tip. It was an amazing experience, less touristy, and full of fascinating nooks and crannies to explore. Of the many castles we visited...More

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Reviewed yesterday

I visited here on my travels around Scotland. I had the explorer pass for scotland so this place was included in it. The staff are very friendly at the location. There are toilets at the location. Price is reasonable. It was a nice little castle...More

Thank NesKhan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Craigmillar lies just outside of Edinburgh and was such a nice surprise for us. It seems undiscovered by most tourists, yet it's easy to get to and so fascinating. Edinburgh Castle is the big draw, but Craigmillar is just as interesting, without the crowds. The...More

Thank kruise6600
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here just hours after landing. With the Scotland pass, admission was free. We really enjoyed the castle and how it's not been modernized, like a few others we visited. Go later in the day, we ran into fog at most castles before

Thank Brent R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This historical site has connections to Mary Queen of Scots. It’s very cool with amazing views that stretch to the ocean. There are a lot stairs, and little spaces to explore. Most of the spaces are not covered so weather can be a factor. One...More

Thank Esther_DeWitt
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Craigmillar Castle is a well preserved structure. You really get a feel for how medieval castles were laid out and built because most of the structure is still standing. The layout includes a four story central tower house with a cellar. There is a series...More

Thank GranddaddyDom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So.......I’m a massive Outlander Fan, and this was Ardsmuir Prison in series 3!!! I enjoyed revisiting the scenes in my mind whilst walking around this amazing castle!!! Outlander aside.....this castle is immaculate, with great views from the top! The staff were incredibly friendly, and had...More

Thank nickylack
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked from Edinburgh on the old Dalkeith Railway ‘Innocent line’ cycle path. Head out from tunnel into meadows and birdsong. Beautiful walk and then fantastic castle when you get there

Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a giant castle playland. You can crawl, climb, enter closed doors and really feel what castle life was. If you have kids they would spend hours here if they have any type of imagination at all. It isn't easy to find from the bus...More

Thank D K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a quick look at Craigmillar castle as it was quite close by. Only took an hour but it wasvery interesting in that it is unrestored and in direct contrast to Edinburgh castle. A real rabbit warren but you get a real feel for what...More

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BeachMickey
9 April 2018|
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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
30 September 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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