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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm





The car park next to the visitor centre is smooth tarmac and has one accessible space.

Approach to site

The castle is 100m from the visitor centre, along a gently inclined tarmac path. There is a wooden bench, with armrests, halfway.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre is on the ground level and has a level threshold.


The castle is on fairly even ground and has five floors. Light levels can be low inside the castle.

The steep, grassed approach to the inner courtyard can be slippery when wet. Entry to the courtyard is over a stone threshold.

The basement has a prison, cellars and bakery. It is reached down a stone staircase of 9 steps (with handrail).

The ground level contains the:

  • dovecot
  • inner courtyard
  • kitchen
  • drawing room
  • bottom level of the tower house

The first floor has a kitchen, old dovecot and bedchambers. The second floor has the great hall, wall walk and a kitchen.

Access to the first and second floors is via a wide, uneven spiral staircase with a single rope handrail.

The third floor has the great hall minstrels’ gallery and bedchamber. The fourth floor has panoramic views of Edinburgh.

The third and fourth floors are reached via a narrow, uneven spiral staircase with a single rope handrail.


There is an adapted toilet in the castle, about 120m from the visitor centre.


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Craigmillar Castle, but are not permitted in roofed areas.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

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