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Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh

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Although Craigmillar Castle is a ruined medieval castle, this site is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Scotland. When you explore, you will find a spacious courtyard in the middle, while picturesque gardens and small ponds surround the castle. Don’t miss the walls of a chapel and a dovecot in the northeast corner as well. The castle is best known for its association with Mary, Queen of Scots, who arrived there following an illness after the birth of her son, James VI. To plan Edinburgh vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • This was a real unexpected pleasure! What a great site to visit. There is plenty to see in this beautiful old castle ruin. Not as polished as other sites, but that adds to the appeal. It is a 10... 
    This was a real unexpected pleasure! What a great site to visit. There is plenty to see in this beautiful old castle ruin. Not as polished as other sites, but that adds to the appeal. It is a 10...  more »
  • This castle was off the beaten path and took us 2 buses to get to from Holyrood Palace plus a 15 minute uphill walk - so not so easy to get to. It was located in a beautiful green area near a park... 
    This castle was off the beaten path and took us 2 buses to get to from Holyrood Palace plus a 15 minute uphill walk - so not so easy to get to. It was located in a beautiful green area near a park...  more »
  • Great place to visit. The best castle I have visited so far. The only reason I have given 4 stars is because half the castle is closed off and we were still charged full price. I think if you don't... 
    Great place to visit. The best castle I have visited so far. The only reason I have given 4 stars is because half the castle is closed off and we were still charged full price. I think if you don't...  more »
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  • I love a visit to Craigmillar Castle. So lucky to have it on my doorstep. Steeped in history x you have to book a time slot at the moment so it feels like you have it all to yourself, that's even better.
  • Beautiful castle, full of history. One of the best places to allow my girls to explore on their own. Staff are very friendly and helpful. It's also dog friendly.
  • Great fun experience, friendly staff and lots of exploring to be done. Great for kids or adults. Some winding stair cases to access the upper parts so mat not be for everyone, but certainly one of the best in the area!
  • Love Edinburgh's 'other' Castle. Whilst neither so prominent nor so spectacularly sited, it's attraction lies in the accessibility of its authentic experience. A place where the imagination, and children, can roam unfettered allowing an insight into life in a 'working' Castle. And, even in non-Covid times, less crowded than the example up the Royal Mile.
  • My family and I had an enjoyable visit to Craigmillar Castle. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Large parts of the castle are free to explore and contain information on the history of each part of the castle. We especially enjoyed speaking to the reenactor and finding out about the medieval period.

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