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Over 20 of our staffed sites have now reopened and we are delighted to welcome you back. Booking in advance is essential. Find out more and book now

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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.

A costumed performer will be on site on the following dates:

  • Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jun
  • Sat 3 & Sun 4 Jul
  • Sat 10 & Sun 11 Jul
  • Daily: 17 Jul to 1 Aug
  • Sat 7 & Sun 8 Aug
  • Sat 14 & Sun 15 Aug

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 
  • Look for the remains of an unusual fishpond in the grounds – it’s laid out in the shape of a letter P, for Preston
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the castle. 
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Opening times

The castle is now open and we are delighted to welcome you back.

Advance booking required.

1 Apr to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

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