St Andrews Castle
St Andrews Castle
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St Andrews Castle is the ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century. On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the city's castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews and the focal point of the church in medieval Scotland. Explore the underground 16th-century siege mine and counter-mine, and the 'bottle dungeon', one of the most infamous castle prisons in medieval Britain, which was cut out of the solid rock. John Knox and George Wishart may have been imprisoned in this dank and airless space, and this is where its believed Cardinal Beaton’s body was kept when he was murdered in 1546.
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  • MCHands1972
    Glasgow, United Kingdom188 contributions
    A Magnificent Site, well worth a visit
    A truly fantastic part of Scottish History, beautifully managed and looked after by Historic Scotland. Well worth a visit and if not already a member, join Historic Scotland to save pounds. The team at the desk certainly unsold its virtues to me, whilst giving first class, five star service.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2023
  • Victoria B
    Raleigh, North Carolina1,632 contributions
    Shell of a Castle
    It was getting later in the morning and raining on and off. As we walked up the Scores, we stopped for a long bit to admire the Castle as I read about it in our guide book, but did not attempt to go inside (and I see now they were closed for quite a bit for repairs, so might have been the case while we were there). Nonetheless, my antsy children did better seeing it from the road instead of paying to enter and then hearing complaints for the duration of our time. This shell of a castle with the roaring sea in the background is just beautiful!
    Visited August 2022
    Written 19 April 2023
  • david a
    4 contributions
    Incredible history of St Andrews
    This castle was the home of the early Bishops of St Andrews and was the centre of many of the most significant religious events and conflicts in Scottish history. It includes a unique tunnel dug during one of the sieges with those under siege trying to dig a way out and the besiegers trying to dig their way in. The castle is well worth a visit, but the tunnel is probably not for the claustrophobic.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Frankie B
    4 contributions
    Great for young kids
    Visited one morning with my 3 year old. We loved exploring, and the underground tunnel was great fun. Beautiful grounds and views. Staff friendly, and nice wee shop and exhibition space inside too.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
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Jeremy Attard
United Kingdom5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Wonderful location, worth the visit when in the lovely town of St Andrews. Some of the photographs I took when there.
Written 7 October 2023
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Amy Marie Borg
United Kingdom36 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Very nice place, got to capture some lovely photos from the outside. The ruins of the historical St Andrew's Castle. A must see if in St Andrews.
Written 5 October 2023
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Fernando H
8 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Wonderful historic castle, must visit when in St Andrews, loved the bottle dungeon, staff very knowledgeable
Written 16 September 2023
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Aparajita Roy
United Kingdom344 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Visited this place on a beautiful sunny day. The castle ruins and the blue waters in the background was beautiful . Had safety barriers and seemed well maintained
Written 25 August 2023
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Stephanie H
3 contributions
Jul 2023
Beautiful! Took an unguided tour and wandered all over the place. Easy to access, reasonably priced. Great views.
Written 10 July 2023
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Frankie B
4 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Visited one morning with my 3 year old. We loved exploring, and the underground tunnel was great fun. Beautiful grounds and views. Staff friendly, and nice wee shop and exhibition space inside too.
Written 30 June 2023
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Grant L
Edinburgh24 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
The tunnels were v interesting and good remaining structure. Not the biggest or oldest castle in Scotland, but interesting and v accessable
Written 7 June 2023
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Meghan H
Boston, MA5 contributions
Jun 2023 • Solo
Of the castles I visited on this trip, St. Andrew's was by far my favorite! The ruins have been such for hundreds of years as erosion is taking that side of the cliff and even four hundred years ago people decided it wasn't worth rebuilding.

As the tide was rising, you can even see foundations for additional outbuildings in the ocean that are no longer. The mines below ground were also fascinating and an aspect of castle siege I had not yet run into elsewhere. Very cool addition to the experience.

The audio narration was the best on offer imo between Stirling, Edinburgh & St. Andrews. There were far fewer visitors here which very likely added to my enjoyment.

Also there's just not that much to do in St. Andrews... take your time, fully take it in and imagine what once was. The scale of perspective was fascinating to me. in the 1600s it was decided that erosion would win and it wasn't worth rebuilding, where was today in the US, if a vacation house can last on a cliff for 20 years before falling, someone will build.
Written 5 June 2023
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david a
4 contributions
Apr 2023
This castle was the home of the early Bishops of St Andrews and was the centre of many of the most significant religious events and conflicts in Scottish history. It includes a unique tunnel dug during one of the sieges with those under siege trying to dig a way out and the besiegers trying to dig their way in. The castle is well worth a visit, but the tunnel is probably not for the claustrophobic.
Written 28 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Victoria B
Raleigh, NC1,632 contributions
Aug 2022
It was getting later in the morning and raining on and off. As we walked up the Scores, we stopped for a long bit to admire the Castle as I read about it in our guide book, but did not attempt to go inside (and I see now they were closed for quite a bit for repairs, so might have been the case while we were there). Nonetheless, my antsy children did better seeing it from the road instead of paying to enter and then hearing complaints for the duration of our time. This shell of a castle with the roaring sea in the background is just beautiful!
Written 19 April 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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