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St Andrews Castle

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Address: St. Andrews Castle The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
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+44 1334 477196

On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the town's...

On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the town's castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews - the focal point of the Church in medieval Scotland. Today explore the underground 16th century siege mine and countermine and the bottle dungeon. There is a visitor centre with exhibition.

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The best bit of this would seem to be the battle tunnels which are accessible from the grounds, but the entrance was very small and damp and as I don't like confined spaces I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Oxford, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Castle and Cathedral both evidence the fascinating history of St.Andrews and are both worth a visit. The highlight of this visit for me was the mine and countermine - excavated tunnels which were built as a means to siege the castle. They are well worth negotiating - they are small spaces so you will know immediately at the entrance... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The best bit of this would seem to be the battle tunnels which are accessible from the grounds, but the entrance was very small and damp and as I don't like confined spaces I chickened out. I gather that it's quite fun if you can summon the courage.

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St Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there on a cold and very windy day. This meant that the views over the sea and coast were amazing but most of what there is to see is outside and sadly it wasn't the weather to linger in a cold gale. The bottle dungeon is amazing and tells you a lot about how people were treated 500... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been trying to get my 10 years old interested in history; his heritage, this place is a good place to start. My son has little patient ; if i ever want to interest him in anything outside computer/ gaming, i need to do it within a time frame so St Andrew Castle was a good place to start.... More 

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Litvinov, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice Castle but not special but if you will visit St. Andrews Catedral, dont miss this place with nice view.

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this historical site, from the well presented inside story journey to the underground tunnel it's enjoyable for all ages.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We where of course in St.Andrews to play golf, but we found time to do some site seeing as well. This ruin of St Andrews castle was one of the first places we viseted (After a trip inside the Golf Museum of course). Interesting enough, good view og some fine history of a siege. You can even visit the tunel... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went to visit the castle while staying in St Andrews. My daughters are 10 and 12. It was a cold but dry day. We stayed for about an hour. There is a small exhibition that gives you a short history about the castle and the town. It is informative. Just the right amount of detail. The highlight of the... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

As many reviews suggest it is all about History. On a different angle, the beach nearby is lovely to spend a day with loads of restaurants with friendly staff, ideal for a family/couples day out!

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North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We visited on the last day of the year and it was bitterly cold. We were welcomed by Sophie who was very helpful and knowledgeable about the property. There's a small exhibition of the history of the castle and a gift shop. The castle is atmospheric and in such a lovely spot. Some great photo opportunities. Be sure to visit... More 

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