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St Andrews Castle

St. Andrews Castle The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
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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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Reviewed yesterday

A fairly informative time at the ''Bishop's Palace'' as it's truly known. The staff were friendly but unfortunately the fly in the ointment was the propagated mistruth that the ''bottle dungeon'' was a dungeon, It was a in fact a granary (I was told this...More

Thank Daniel P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

a stunning small castle, very well maintained for its age and situated in and among stunning views and scenery.

Thank Gareth H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The ruins of St. Andrews Castle are worth a visit. They offer a lovely view of the coastline and cities in the near distance. The museum for the castle is small, and it is filled with slightly creepy wax figures, though it does offer helpful...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very interesting castle ruins on the ocean. If you go definitely go down the mine and counter mine. I am claustrophobic and did it!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

An early morning walk along coastal path gave great views without needing to access the castle grounds

Thank David C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a wonderful time at the castle, Kyle Stewart showed us around and was a great host.. thoroughly enjoyed everything about it

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The St. Andrews Castle is fascinating. Good place to learn about some of the violent history of the Kingdom of Fife.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon entering the visitors centre, we were attended to by Niall, who was very helpful. He directed us to the museum which gave a good overview of St Andrews history. From here we headed out to the remains of the castle that has been at...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a quick tour of St. Andrews Castle on a cool, misty day. We could have spent more time at the exhibits before touring the actual castle remains, but we were pressed and had to compress the visit into less than an hour. Elderly...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not often that you go to a place where a Bishop is killed after he burnt a man at the stake, because there views were different! The castle signed and the only mine and counter mine in the world are there to see....More

Thank Ken H
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Olayinka P
31 October 2017|
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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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