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“Unexpected late Medieval Gem”
Review of Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle
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$42.60*
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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 February 5, 2013

This is a fantastic late medieval castle in a fairly out of the way corner of Edinburgh - let's face it there's not a great deal else that's going to entice you to visit Craigmillar - but it's well worth making the effort. Families will enjoy exploring the corridors dungeons, spiral staircases and largely intact central keep and amateur antiquarians will have an equally good time, especially if you pick up a guide at the shop before going in. As is so often the case the fact that it's a bit out of the way is a huge boon as you might very well have the run of the place, particularly if you visit during the week. Combine a visit with a walk up Arthur's Seat and lunch at the Sheep's Heid in Duddingston for a cracking day out.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

We visited this site in October 2012. The staff was very polite. This is a place where you can feel the medieval lifestyle, you can see the big fireplaces for heating rooms of stones. The trees in the courtyard are very interesting. For kids- is it like a labirint to explore From the rooftop view of 360 degrees, worth seeing.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

.....you'll LOVE Craigmillar Castle. So many rooms and chanbers and ante chambers and staircases and pokey wee places to investigate. I love looking up all the chimneys especially when the fireplace is big enough to stand inside. It's great fun to explore as a child and the lovely grassy area within the curtain wall is ideal for family picnics. You can also climb high up on the walls for a great view around Edinburgh. I can't recommend Craigmillar Castle highly enough.

Thank Jill F
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Yet a completely different setting from the somewhat overrun Edinburgh Castle. A visit to Craigmillar Castle is capable of being quiet and even bucolic, yet resounds with the intrigue of its association with Mary, Queen of Scots. Exploring its deserted chambers, and enjoying the views from the roof, are always a pleasure.

Thank mcslaven
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

A fairly easy stroll from center Edinburgh, a nice little castle away from the crowds, a lot of history packed in a smallish castle.

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