Crichton Castle
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Crichton Castle

Crichton Castle
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The grounds are accessible. This site is currently closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake site inspections. We apologise for any inconvenience. A large and sophisticated castle with a spectacular facade of faceted stonework in an Italian style added, following a visit to Italy, by the Earl of Bothwell between 1581 and 1591. Mary Queen of Scots attended a wedding here. This has a facade of faceted stonework in an Italian Renaissance style. The courtyard is fully accessible. Access to areas leading from there depends on the visitor's mobility as each room and cellar has up to three steps leading to it.
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Lumjum
Edinburgh, UK134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Great wee place to bring a picnic or your chips and have a small walk around. Not a lot to see and a bit of a walk to get up to the castle but really enjoy it every time I go.
Written 14 July 2020
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
Bristol, UK7,801 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Fabulous drive through the countryside to park by the local church and then walk the 0.5 miles to the castle.
Grand castle in its time(dating from the 1300's), the castle has a great defensive position surrounded by amazing views.
Originally home to the Crichton family, later to become the residence of the earls of Bothwell(the 4th Earl being the third husband of Mary Queen of Scots).
Free to enter as we had our Historic Scotland pass, we could explore on foot most places but careful, some slippery surfaces.
Interesting Italian facade, diamond studded, elevated views and an all round very interesting place to visit.
Helpful member of staff on duty and very good booklet to accompany for a small cost.
Written 6 November 2019
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Robert M
Penicuik, UK112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
First time visit, most impressed, a product of serious wealth of it's time, truly a countrypile. A great place to take children.
Written 20 September 2019
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Gilliane M
Edinburgh, UK316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
I never knew there was a castle located here, it is hidden away and when you reach it the view of the valley as it drops away to the river ( hidden by trees) below and the 360 panorama of all greenery around you feel in the middle of the country and miles from civilisation - so peaceful and great to just absorb the scenery - either from within the castle when looking out the windows on the levels you are allowed to access - or from outside if you walk over to where the stables are situated ( although don't walk to far beyond them as it appears to be a drop - a previous quarry apparently where they got the red stone from it seems -now covered in greenery- so best not to let any kids run around unsupervised )
The castle itself is without roof but you can still go up some staircases or down some steps to basement areas, so there is a variety of rooms that can be looked at, although some imagination is required to put together where the vaulted roof would have been or what it would have looked like.
A lot of the flooring was uneven and you would have to take more care when it's been raining as I imagine likelihood of slipping on stair areas - my friend ( younger individual ) who uses a stick managed to climb up and down some of the large steps and dividing areas ( but I would not expect my mother who uses a stick to manage )

- there is also a walk in from the car park so this has to be considered if there is mobility issues.

There are bars ( or clear Perspex ) on the low open window frames in the upper areas, but I would still keep a close hand on any young children inclined to climb.

If you can visit on a dry day all the better, but worth a visit certainly if you are in the area - if you where to take your time looking round and taking photos and reading the plaques, it still wouldn't take you much more than a couple of hours, so not an all day activity but an interesting place to visit I have to say and glad I went.
Written 31 July 2019
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Peter T
Tamworth, UK657 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was an interesting place, and how English Heritage card gave us free access. The inner wall is a unique feature, the views are picturesque, and the over all experience was very good. It is not a must do to visit here, but if in the area its certainly worth a visit.
Written 11 June 2019
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John S
Livingston, UK382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
I was visiting the Pathead area and made a trip to see this castle.
I found it to be a very interesting place to see and was pleased I came. I had been hereas a child but to see the place again as an adult and understand more about the history I was very pleased.
This is a must see for anyone visiting the area.
Written 25 May 2019
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TikikaiTikikai
Newport-on-Tay, UK98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
The castle and nearby Crichton Collegiate Church were both beautiful and interesting. They are in a fairly remote but accessible location. The castle ruins are impressive now but when intact the castle must have been very striking.
Written 8 May 2019
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Stewart Inkster
Dalkeith, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
Great building with a great history, worth visiting the church at the same time

There is a small walk to the castle
Written 28 April 2019
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JensonLim
Callander, UK276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Before reaching the castle make sure you visit the church. A bit of a walk for some, from car park to castle but well worth the walk. But be prepared for the lack of facilities - no toilets, no cafe. Dogs welcome.
Written 22 April 2019
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Luciano242
Edinburgh, UK851 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We visited Crichton Castle yesterday and we were very impressed. The whole castle is amazing, great history and lovely views of the countryside. Even the castle is a ruin, there are different rooms and levels to explore. The other building next to the castle is the old stables and is lovely too. The weather yesterday was great so is a great place to have a picnics and enjoy the area. There's a 5 minute walk from the car park to the castle which is not too bad. There is a small shop and no toilets facilities. I highly recommend.
Written 21 April 2019
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