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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 
  • 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. Available on site
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Opening times

4-30 Sept:
Sat-Wed, 10am to 4pm

1-31 Oct:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

Last entry time slot 3pm

Advance booking required.

Winter opening times to be confirmed.

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