St Andrews Castle
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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There are minor access restrictions in the North Range and Sea Tower due to nesting birds. 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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Caroline B
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Great day, kids loved the underground tunnel, and the iron monger teaching them about the tools and the old ways. Staff in shop also really informative and helpful
Written 19 October 2022
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Türkiye7,037 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The impressive castle ruins with the crashing sea as a back drop is a lovely sight on a fine day. Beautiful silhouette on the skyline.
Written 7 October 2022
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Chirrey-family
Glasgow13 contributions
Jul 2022
How long before it will reopen?It is part of the St. Andrews history and used to be a fantastic experience for all ages. It is disappointing that these appears to be no sign of appropriate repairs and measure being taken to get it open again- very poor.
Written 23 July 2022
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Thanks for your review, and apologies for any disappointment caused by current restrictions at the castle. As you may know, the current restrictions were put in place following some sample surveys which we conducted last year. These surveys identified potentially concerning masonry at high level, and the access restrictions were put in place to ensure that visitors and staff were not exposed to any risks. Winter weather meant we had to pause this inspection work, but we used that time to plan and prioritise a programme of inspections, which began this May, as well as to develop and carry out specialist training for our staff who are performing the inspections. Sites where access restrictions are having a significant adverse community and economic impact, such as St Andrews Castle, are being prioritised this year. You can find more information on the prioritisation of our planned inspections here: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/inspection-programme-underway-to-assess-scotlands-national-heritage-assets/ Our aim is to provide as much public access as safely as possible to our sites. As the project progresses, we will look for ways to safely allow at least partial access to our sites. If it becomes possible to safely open the castle, we will update this on our website. Full details of what parts of St Andrews Castle will remain closed, and what is open will be kept up to date on our website. In the meantime, we are running limited guided tours subject to staff availability, to enhance visitor experience during the closure. We also have a Lego event taking place soon, more details of which can be found here: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/whats-on/event/?eventId=50b54d04-ba7a-454e-b6ff-aed600f28d91 We are sorry for any disappointment the closure of the castle has caused, and are working hard to make sure that it is safe to re-open for the public and our staff. Thanks again for your feedback.
Written 27 July 2022
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Leslie W
60 contributions
Sep 2021
The Castle and grounds are atmospheric, and easy access. The indoor exhibits in the visitor center are VERY well done, with beautiful artwork and models illustrating the information.
Written 9 November 2021
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victoria B
Lincolnshire, UK560 contributions
Sep 2021
Although there is not a lot left of the castle, there is still enough there to make a visit worthwhile to St Andrews, if combined with the Abbey. Regardless, the castle is in a stunning location.

There is no car park and on street parking was tricky when I visited as it was the first week back for the students after the summer recess.

There is a shop and toilets at the castle entrance.
Written 9 November 2021
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,360 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
This place is really good. Remember to get a historic Scotland card so you can go in castles for free. The views were sensational and the staff were super helpful and friendly. The castles history was interesting and it looks great.
Written 2 November 2021
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Alien W
543 contributions
Oct 2021
A lovely castle. However, considering the long trip from Edinburgh to St Andrews, it is a bit not worth it. If you are visiting Edinburgh for a short time, avoid this town.
Written 29 October 2021
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IAN D
Wigan, UK19,082 contributions
Oct 2021 • Solo
I saw the castle rampants from both the road and the beach. Regrettably not dog friendly so unable unable to go inside. It looked a formidable structure being on a headland by the sea
Written 18 October 2021
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Cameron D
Irvine, UK53 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Came for a visit of the ruins and found the gory history very insightful. We got the background in the visitors centre as we entered and downloaded the audio guide while we explored the castle. The bottle dungeon a particular highlight. Best part of the visit was speaking with a real life man at arms who gave us the story of his role at the castle working for the knights and nobles. We also got to try on some of his armour and weaponry. Hopefully we get to see a medieval performance at some point.
Written 12 October 2021
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Julie A
Cambridge, UK325 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
An old ruin with lovely views over the sea. Well kept in a nice location. Has also got a little shop. Very nice friendly guide who took time out to talk to us and explain things and we took some lovely pictures.
Written 10 September 2021
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