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“Disappointed in the condition of Craigmillar Castle Park”
Review of Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle
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$42.74*
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Ranked #30 of 416 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 18, 2012

For a park with such a long history it's condition should have been a lot better. Whilst there are interpretation boards they are poor in condition and content. The outlook to Arthur's seat and to the Forth Estuary are spectacular. This has not been capitalised upon! The park is quite heavily used by both visitors and local people. More would come if it were in better condition.This park surrounding a famous building was badly maintained; no maintained footpaths for so heavily used an area. Trees were poorly maintained and there was none if any care of the grounds.
Here is an opportunity to show off a little bit of Edinburgh's cultural wealth but unfortunately the local authority have failed. A great pity!

Thank David M
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Unlike the popular Edinburgh Castle, you pay an extremely reasonable price to get into this castle, and once in, you are free to roam! It was great to be able to visit all parts of the castle, and to do it unhindered by huge groups of tourists made it even better. Really interesting spot for history buffs!

1  Thank MissAmeliaWho
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

It was a bit of a trek to get here (I stupidly walked, but did so along the Innocent Railway, which was cool, got a bus back though), but so worth it once I did! You can climb around and explore all different parts of the castle. It's so interesting to see what rooms were or what have been used...it's basically a shell, not staged or anything, but it's all the more majestic for it I think!

2  Thank heathery27
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Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I got married here in August 2008 and it really was perfect! From The setting, views and the room we had our ceremony in was perfect and the photos were awesome as well! Can't recommend enough! Fairly priced also love love love this castle!

1  Thank janis d
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Craigmillar Castle is a beautiful piece of history nestled in a surprisingly rural setting, since it's still so close to town. We simply took a bus from downtown for about 15 mins and then followed the sign across a field over a hill up to the grounds. For some reason it's not a very popular tourist draw, but that means it's quiet and peaceful - there were only 4 other people there and we barely noticed them! You can buy a walking tour book, but there are quite a few historical plaques to be read, so just wandering around is very informative on its own. Bring your camera!

5  Thank Miranda G
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