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Address: Craigmillar Castle Road, Edinburgh EH16 4SY, Scotland
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+44 131 661 4445

Admire city views from the high ramparts of Edinburgh's 'other castle',...

Admire city views from the high ramparts of Edinburgh's 'other castle', play hide-and-seek in its labyrinth of chambers or picnic in its courtyards.

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Interesting day out

Went here with a friend and our 5 children aged 1-6. Kids loved it. I had my youngest in a buggy and as you would expect, it's not built for buggies! I just parked the buggy at... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went here with a friend and our 5 children aged 1-6. Kids loved it. I had my youngest in a buggy and as you would expect, it's not built for buggies! I just parked the buggy at the bottom and carried my baby but there were a few points where footing uneven which made it a little more tricky. This... More 

Thank R M
Miami, Florida
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Thanks to my guide, I learned of this Castle. Not many visit this ruin, but it's of historical importance. I practically had this Castle to myself. Side note, Outlander season 3 was shot here. It served as Ardsmuir Prison.

Thank Dallende
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Craigmillar sits on a hilltop within it's own park, and it's a fun opportunity to go for a walk and find a castle! The park is accessible by city bus from either side - probably Old Dalkeith Road is the most straightforward - and then you have a walk uphill to the site. (Note: I believe restrooms are only available... More 

1 Thank Hija_del_sol
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle is a little visited gem. The streets leading to the castle are too narrow for tour buses ( ok for vans and such) and we basically had the place to ourselves. Well maintained and good historical insight here. Interesting g of you like history.

1 Thank Maggie5698
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading a variety of reviews describing how to get to Craigmiller Castle, I decided to take uber. It cost about 9 pounds each way and was quick and easy. The castle and walk around the Castle to the other side was very pleasant and worth doing. Make sure to take the path and walk around the other side for... More 

Thank Tambolaw
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Come and visit this beautiful, yet kessser known of Edinburgh's Castles. Tranquil. Ancient lovelyness!

1 Thank Laura M
Nottingham UK
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to see this castle for a variety of reasons, but it is a really great place to visit. The staff were helpful and friendly, and the site was interesting. There were great views of Arthur's Seat, too. A tiny parking area means a quiet place to look around, monastic compared to Edinburgh Castle... really recommend.

1 Thank Illawarra
Southampton UK
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228 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great setting for a castle do not miss the views of the city from the walls very helpful staff. just be aware car park is small

1 Thank SouthamptonUKAndy22
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy and inexpensive to get to via the public bus system. Was a 20 minute bus ride on Lothian Nr 2 bus from Grassmarket (I recommend you download the Lothian Bus App). Ten minute walk to castle from bus stop. Castle is in remarkably good condition and in a nice area. Great to explore this old castle with its charming... More 

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Craigmillar really is a wee hidden gem, tucked behind Arthur's seat and near to a wee historical village area. The car park is very small at the entrance but there at e areas nearby that would allow parking. The castle is surrounded by a large green area which is surprising given it's proximity to the centre of Edinburgh. This allows... More 

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