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Address: Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 661 4445
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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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Loved it here!

This castle brought out the inner child in me. Narrow winding passages and numerous staircases to explore. Everything a castle should be. When you get to the top there are views... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bury St Edmunds
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Bury St Edmunds
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This castle brought out the inner child in me. Narrow winding passages and numerous staircases to explore. Everything a castle should be. When you get to the top there are views back to Edinburgh castle. Incidentally I preferred this one. More idyllic settings. Quieter. And hardly anyone else there. (They give you a passcode for the toilets when you pay... More 

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a last minute day trip for 4 girls looking for Outlander filming locations. Alas, we missed the cast by 5 days. We made the best of it and meandered through the castle and grounds. Pleasant day, interesting history. Mary Queen of Scots lived here, bless her sad little heart! Loved seeing the view from the top. Christine who... More 

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SWEDEN
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95 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a completely unrestored and surprisingly large ruin of a castle with expansive views over Edinburgh. Interesting history, lots of rooms, nooks and crannies to explore and MUCH more fun that walking through an insensitively restored Stirling castle. Easy parking. Not suitable for invalids. Fun for kids.

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Thank Rhodesian
Gullane, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Craigmillar Castle can be accessed by cycling, bus and a walk or by car. The castle is accessed via the shop where the entry fee is paid. A real tip for anyone visiting the area is to buy a Historic Scotland pass this gives you unlimited access to all their attractions for the duration of your pass. The castle itself... More 

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Thank Allan j
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a taxi as there are no tours available to this castle. The positive is it gave us all the time we wanted to wander around, up to the ramparts and down to the basement. The negative is there isn't anyone to tell you much about the castle, there are however signs around the castle. It is a great... More 

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Thank Debbie G
Crowthorne, United Kingdom
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Another great Castle. Kids loved exploring the ruins and we loved all the history and the incredible views from the top.

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Thank Mark M
Denver, Colorado
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my very favorite castles. Great location, very close to Edinburgh. Super tiny car park, but still has one. Very easy walk to the castle itself. The grounds are just amazing. Very well maintained and just gives you the feeling of being there when it was being used day-to-day.

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This historic ruin, arguably thought to date from around the late 14th Century, is just on the outskirts of Edinburgh and the approach for me was via a modern housing estate with speed bumps (not part of the original defences)! Unfortunately the access road from the south on the A7/Old Dalkeith Road was closed for road works and the Castle... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The architecture is absolutely beautiful and well kept. You can venture into every nook and cranny. You must pay £5.50 before entry. About 10min cab from city. Beautiful views. Do not go alone.. i wouldnt.. theres beverages and limited snacks available to buy but no other shops near by or walking distance

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Thank kirikatt1992
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Had a great visit with grandchildren ages from 4 to 8..they had a marvellous time exploring round the castle.. only thing I would suggest is to put a few picnic tables in the grounds..

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