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Review of Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle
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$41.96*
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Ranked #32 of 443 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 July 27, 2014 via mobile

I've lived in Craigmillar for nearly 2 years and work in the city centre and today was the first time id been to Craigmillar Castle! Totally worth it. Such a beautiful little ruin of a castle. Loads of nooks and crannies to explore and see. Will definitely be recommending it to all my family and friends. You have the freedom to roam about and see all of this small but beautiful medieval castle. Ill 100% be back again. I would say the path up to the castle could be more accessible and better sign posted but thats the only criticism

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Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time here - lots of nooks and crannies to explore. The views are lovely. Lots of green space for the kids to run around and play. It was made all the better by a good day of sunshine.

We paid fourteen pounds something for two adults, a 7yr old, a 4yr old and a 2yr old which I thought was reasonable and good value. This

Thank Anna G
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Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Perfect example of castle to visit. Small and compact, delivers medieval atmosphere in no time.

If you like something less mainstream and silly expensive as Edinburgh Castle then thats the place to go. Glad we found it.


I wish we had more time to stay in there as it closed at 5:30. Keep that in mind that almost all the shops are closed around 5-6 in Edinburgh so plan your visit in advance.

Thank MaximVelpler
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Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Been here twice within a couple of months, good going as we live in Bolton. This is just how you want a castle, restored enough to give an idea of what life was like during the middle ages. You can wander at will and our kids loved it, their very own castle to explore. Would highly recommend this if you are in Edinburgh and in many ways we enjoyed this even more so than Edinburgh Castle itself, not over run with tourists.

Thank Glynn B
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a wonderful ruin and i would love to come more often but it is really expensive and frankly not really worth the money more than once, which is a shame. If they studied economics at Historic Scotland and experimented with lowering the price and advertising it a bit I bet they would see takings triple. I would certainly go back again, and more than once.

1  Thank ian70clark
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