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Craigmillar Castle


A well preserved medieval castle, Craigmillar has a tower house, courtyard and gardens.

Plan your visit to Craigmillar Castle

Getting there

Region – Edinburgh and the Lothians
Postcode: EH16 4SY

Grid reference
NT 289709

Cycle Routes
Site on the National Cycle Network

Public Transport

From Princes Street in Edinburgh, take any bus for the Royal Infirmary. From the bus stop on Old Dalkeith Road, the stop just before the Royal Infirmary, walk towards the Royal Infirmary entrance, entering through Little France Crescent. Continue past a large building on you left, when arriving at a small roundabout a left turn should be taken, continue walking on the pavement, under an overpass. On your left there is a gravel path leading up the hill. Follow this until it meets the road at traffic lights. Cross over the road and come back on yourself following the path through the park to the visitor centre.

The overall distance from the hospital bus stop to the castle visitor centre is about 1/2 mile or 800 meters.
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Facilities & access

Bicycle Rack Car Parking Disabled Toilets Display on History Picnic Area Self Service Tea/Coffee Shop Toilets Accessible by Public Transport Children's Quiz available

Parking: There is a car park surfaced with smooth tarmac with one accessible parking bay.

Approach to site: The car park is next to the Visitor Centre.  The Castle is reached form the visitor centre by a gently inclined 170m long tarmac path.

Reception/Visitor Centre: The reception area is entered up a small flight of three stone stairs or a gentle stone ramp.

Monument (section by section): 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 Castle courtyard is accessed via a stone stepped threshold.  The Castle has five levels.  The basement has a prison, cellars and bakery.  The ground level contains the Dovcot, Inner Courtyard, Kitchen, 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.  The third floor has the great hall gallery, and bed chamber.  The fourth floor offers good panoramic views of Edinburgh.  The levels are all linked by historic stone staircases, many of them turnpike ones.  The steps are uneven, with all but one staircase having rope handrails.  In bad weather several of the rooms can be dark.

Facilities: Accessible toilet.  Accessible car park.

Opening arrangements & costs
Month Days Times
1 April - 30 September Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
1 October - 31 March Mon Tue Wed Sat Sun 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day (25 & 26 December) and 1st & 2nd January.

Very occasionally a property has to close at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other reasons out with our control. Please check our closure page for any unexpected site closures www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/hsclosure. You can also follow closure tweets from @welovehistory using #hsclosure. Alternatively please call the site before setting off to check they are open.


Admission Prices

All year Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Last ticket sold 30 min before closing time.

Admission prices are subject to change. You will be charged the correct admission when buying your tickets on our official webstore.

Contact

Tel 0131 661 4445

Events at Craigmillar Castle

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29 July 2014

The Three Estates Costume Exhibition

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Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Katy Dove Exhibition

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Swords of the Righteous

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Arthur's Secrets

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Fortress for the King

Fort George

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