Special arrangements are currently in place at Craigmillar Castle, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Our staff have been trained in hygiene and social distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
- Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
- We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
- In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)
In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.
We recognise that some disabled visitors may need help to visit our sites and we offer free entry for accompanying carers, these can be added when making your booking. Please note this is limited to two carers per transaction.
The car park next to the visitor centre is smooth tarmac and has one accessible space.
Parking is limited at the castle and spaces are on a first come first served basis and where possible if visitors can arrive via public transport or on foot this would help alleviate issues. Visitors can also call the castle (0131 661 4445) in advance for further details on alternative nearby parking. Alternatively, there are good public transport links to nearby Old Dalkeith Road (Edinburgh Royal Infirmary) or Peffermill Road.
Approach to site
The visitor centre is on ground level and has a level threshold.
The castle is reached from the visitor centre by a gently inclined 100m long tarmac path. There is a wooden bench with armrests halfway between the visitor centre and the castle.
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 at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.
What will be open during your visit
One-way system in operation
- Tower House (some areas below the tower remain closed)
- East and West gardens (some of the West gardens remain closed)
- Gilmour Range (only one room open)
- Preston Range
- Limited parking (first come first served basis). Please use public transport/bike/walk to the castle where at all possible
What will remain closed/unavailable during your visit (from 1 July 2021)
- The Gilmour Range - two of the rooms and wine cellars remain closed
- Some areas below the main tower house and some of the West garden area also remain closed
Visiting the site
One-way systems will be in place in the castle, exploring the three different areas of the east range, Gilmour range and tower. Physical distancing measures will be in place, and access to some of the more confined spaces may be limited. Visitors will be able to explore the grounds freely.
- The castle is situated on relatively level ground. There is a steep grassed approach to the inner courtyard, which can be slippery in wet weather
- The courtyard is reached via a stone threshold
- The castle has five levels:
- The basement, containing pit prison and bakehouse, will be closed at this time
- The ground level contains the Dovecot (exterior view only), Inner Courtyard, Stables, Drawing Room and bottom level of the Towerhouse
- The first floor has a kitchen, old dovecot and bedchambers. The second floor has the great hall, wall walk and a kitchen. These one-way route to floors is up a narrow, historic stone staircase, returning down a wide spiral stone staircase with uneven steps and a single rope handrail. If this route is not suitable for you, please ask staff for assistance
- The third floor has the great hall gallery, and bed chamber. The fourth floor offers good panoramic views of Edinburgh. These floors are accessed by a narrow spiral staircase with uneven steps and a single rope handrail
- Light levels can be low inside the castle, especially on the spiral stairs
- There is a bench in the castle courtyard