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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

Please note: Craigmillar Castle will be temporarily closed to visitors from 5 to 19 September 2016

1 October to 31 March:
Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm

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Overview

Step inside Edinburgh’s ‘other castle’, which stood a mile outside the old city walls, providing a retreat from Scotland’s capital. Craigmillar Castle was close to the political cauldron of Edinburgh, but pleasingly separate from it.

Mary Queen of Scots famously used the castle as a safe haven in 1566. Ironically, its owner, Sir Simon Preston, a loyal supporter of Mary, would turn her jailer just a year later.

What to see and do

  • Climb the tower house, one of Scotland’s oldest, which houses fascinating features like a fine great hall and a prison
  • Admire the views from the tower across Edinburgh – spot Holyrood Park and Edinburgh Castle among other landmarks
  • Get lost in Craigmillar’s nooks and crannies – its many mysterious chambers make it a great castle to explore
  • Look for the remains of an unusual fishpond in the grounds – it’s laid out in the shape of a letter P, for Preston
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