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Address: Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 661 4445
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Description: Admire city views from the high ramparts of Edinburgh's 'other castle...
Admire city views from the high ramparts of Edinburgh's 'other castle', play hide-and-seek in its labyrinth of chambers or picnic in its courtyards.
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Beautiful hidden gem

Lovely wee castle, lovely views of the city. Been here many times with family/friends. Would definitely recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
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Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Lovely wee castle, lovely views of the city. Been here many times with family/friends. Would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We weren't originally planning to visiti this catle, but we were too early to get to our hotel in Edinburgh so called in here on the way. The lady in the ticket office/shop was great and was really knowledgable and passionate about history and the properties in the area. She gave us a little question challenge and rewareded us with... More 

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Well preserved castle ruins dating back to the 14th century. A nice place to visit as a side trip from the city. A nice peaceful setting not overrun with too many visitors. A bus journey takes about half an hour from the centre - any bus going to the Royal Infirmary will take you there. I think we used the... More 

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Bancroft, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I recommend Craigmillar Castle over Edinburgh Castle any day. Best preserved example of a medieval stronghold. Went on a Monday and had the whole place to ourselves - what a thrill to get a marriage proposal on top of the ramparts! Acoustics are amazing in the great hall which also offers shelter from the elements. Rougher side of town -... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

In many ways more enjoyable to visit than Edinburgh castle as it's more accessible, there's less tourists and it's in very good condition considering it dates back to 14th century. Located in Edinburgh, easy to get to by bus.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

For only £5 each we were free to explore these amazing ruins. There was no one else around on the day we went, and wandering through the old castle was thrilling. From the top we had a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside, and managed to spend a little over an hour making our way through the interior. It was... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Craigmillar Castle is a wee gem, just on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It was never built as a fortress, but rather as a grand residence from the 15th century through to the early eighteenth. Much of the fabric of the castle survives intact, including the Great Hall. I took a young lady there on one of our first dates -... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Spent a couple of hours here to kill time before catching our flight from Edinburgh - had fun bimbling around the ruins and there are loads of nooks and crannies to explore. Would benefit from a tea room though, especially as it can get quite cold/windy!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The castle is a great example of a medieval castle,well preserved with lots to explore within. We had explored everything after about 2 hours before we headed home which would make me reluctant to pay the full entry fee (with Historic Scotland membership you get free entry). Access without a car isn't great as the site isn't particularly close to... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The castle from outside looks quite nice so definitely worth passing by if you have already seen the main landmarks of Edinburgh and are looking for new places to visit but the inside has nothing special. As it has been said in previous reviews it is also a bit overpriced for what it is: half of the price would have... More 

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