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Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
0131 661 4445
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Ranked #21 of 197 attractions in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Castles
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Largely preserved castle on the south side of Edinburgh with easy parking, good views, and loads of rooms and staircases to explore. A bit of information about its previous use as you go round, not too much but if you are mainly playing knights with kids that isnt a draw-back. Guide to purchase in the shop if you want more... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

this is my most favourite of castles! I love the yew trees, my kids love it up on the roof. great for picknics too free for members of historic scotland

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Frederick
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416 reviews 416 reviews
205 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We had a very limited time in Scotland and this castle was recommended so we took the city bus out to the road and then had to walk uphill a half a mile on a very curvy, busy road with no shoulder and bad visibility to get to the castle property. There is a cozy little gift shop with a... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Sunday morning and a bit wet and miserable so probably not the best time to visit to see the fantastic views of the city. There were quite a few people about including 4 little boys with swords having great fun chasing each other round the building and grounds. Fascinating history and enough of the building left to give an idea... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Amazing history around this castle - Mary Queen of Scots visited twice, the plot to kill her husband was hatched here, yet there are only a limited number of explanation boards around the place. I think this could be improved as an attraction, without losing what they already have (though losing some of the pigeons might help!) Historic Scotland -... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Well worthwhile visiting , myself and my partner love visiting castles. Craigmillar castle really is off the beaten track . Take the 24 bus make sure to ask the driver to let you off at craigmillar castle road. We where not driving so we did have to walk through a field to get to the castle, it is up a... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We visited Sunday morning, it was so cold, bitter, rainy and very windy! It was so worth it though. We arrived early & we were the only visitors. It was such a treat exploring on our own. We found it really interesting, even better, dare I say it, than Edinburgh castle! The lady in the visitors entrance was so friendly... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I took the bus from the Centre for about 20 minutes and then walked for 10. It was a lovely castle. Surrounded by nature, you'd forget you're in Edinburgh! Very off the beaten path. I went midday and only encountered two other people. Lots of fun

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I've visited Edinburgh so many time and wish I had known about this castle earlier. Great castle with loads of nooks and crannies to explore. Fantastic views of Edinburgh (the nice bits and the less nice bits). Exciting historical context.

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edinburgh
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67 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Craigmillar castle is an very well preserved Castle 20 minutes by bus (I got the number 30 Lothian bus) outside of Edinburgh's city centre. It is set on top of a small hill in craigmillar park. there is an entrance fee of £5.50 bought from the adjacent shop and is well worth the visit. The castle is a ruin but... More

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