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Craigmillar Castle

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Address: Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY
Operated by: Historic Environment Scotland
Opening Hours: 1 April to 30 September, Daily 9.30am to 5.30pm
1 October to 31 March, Daily 10am to 4pm 
Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January
Admission: £ 6.00 adult, £ 3.60 child, £ 4.80 senior
Parking: Yes
Languages: English
Accessibility: To the ground floor of the castle only
Toilets: Yes, also disabled toilets
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: No


Craigmillar Castle is one of the best preserved castles of its period in Scotland. Built at the beginning of the 14th century by the Preston family, it had an L-shaped tower, a wall with buildings inside, attractive gardens and a fish pond. 

The Castle’s history is strongly linked with that of Mary Stuart who stayed there several times, to find peace and quiet from her busy political life, and also to recover from illness. 

It’s an amazing place with a labyrinth of staircases and rooms that go in all directions, and it’s challenging to figure out what you’ve seen already and what’s left to discover! An interesting feature is the two yew trees that welcome guests in the inner courtyard. 

There are fabulous views towards Edinburgh’s town centre and Edinburgh Castle from the top of the Tower House – if the weather is good enough! We highly recommend a visit here, kids and adults alike will love it, and it’s a real shame it’s not better known.

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Approach to Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar inner Courtyard View from ramparts of Craigmillar towards Arthur's Seat

Craigmillar Castle Craigmillar walls

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