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St Andrews Castle

St. Andrews Castle The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
+44 1334 477196
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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. Join ticket with St. Andrews Cathedral available - Adult £9 Child £5.40 Concession £7
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St. Andrews Castle The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
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"bottle dungeon"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a morning poking around this ruin...lots of sea vistas. Nook and crannies for climbing...a lovely ruin...well tended grounds with friendly docents.

Thank j68ky
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The history is amazing. The ruins are a skeleton of what once was an amazing castle. There is so much to do in St Andrews; golf the old course, visit the golf museum, visit the university, taste a wide range of scotch, and take in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle provides an iconic backdrop against the sea. It’s another building which makes St. Andrews such a special and interesting place to visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on the Easter bank holiday when the weather wasn't at its best and at the visitors centre we choose to just pay for the castle and not the cathedral. The castle is in a very ruined state which left very little to look...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had some time before we left St. Andrews and thought the castle would be an adventure. Way way too cold for us, but the grounds were lovely and the history interesting.

Thank Mthebaker
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As part of our English Heritage Membership we visited this castle for free. The sea views are fantastic. History of the castle is well set out. The tunnel (mine) is quite claustrophobic, but amazing. Well worth a visit.

Thank Christine A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part of our Explorer Pass and something quite different, go down the mine to see the tunnel to mine under the castle walls and the defenders tunnel to meet it. A curator onsite told us all about the history of the mines and the castle.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entry to the castle is via the visitor centre which has a history of the castle on the corridor walls leading to the entrance, as well as the obligatory shop. The castle itself is in fairly good condition considering it is a ruin and has...More

Thank J0HNG67
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

I really loved that place and I'd like to visit it next time. Although castle is in ruin, it is breathtaking. Beautiful views on the sea. It is worth to buy a ticket and got to know little about its history.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A great visit to this historic castle and what a helpful and enthusiastic member of staff on the reception. Discount for over 60's, which we accessed for the first time and so pleased to be photo ID'd for the first time in years. Great history...More

Thank John Campbell H
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Response from Terri T | Reviewed this property |
its is very close- you can walk
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Michelle K
29 January 2017|
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Yes you can, it's hard to find but a keen eye and patients will pay off!
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