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“A nice extra added onto St Andrews cathedral visit.”
Review of St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle
Ranked #13 of 68 things to do in St Andrews
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A Historic Scotland site. We had not planned on a visit to this castle ruin. We only had the cathedral on our list. We are glad we did stop at the castle. It is right against the ocean with beautiful sweeping views. The Scottish weather cooperated and gave us a beautiful sunny day with scattered clouds. This castle has the only tunnel area that we found in all the ones we visited. This was a great experience to see how the castle was both attacked and defended from underground.
Well worth the stop on your way to St. Andrews cathedral.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good place to check out. Rich culture and a beautiful village to visit whether you like golf or not.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Display at beginning of the tour gives a great tutorial on the history of the castle. The castle itself, while just ruins, had so many interesting bits still remaining. You can see “mines” or tunnels that were used by invading forces, kitchen areas, a prison tower, and great views of the sea. There are several benches situated throughout the ruins so that you can sit and enjoy the views while younger visitors with energy can investigate the several separate sections of the castle. There was more to see here than I originally thought. Very interesting.

Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place was full of very interesting historical facts from Scottish history. The dungeon is a challenge to access if you are a tall person but a great place for children to explore. The castle is well worth the visit.

Thank Billy N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great history inside and a lovely walk outside. Enjoyed all of it on the grounds. Takes about an hour to 90mins to do it all, but very worth it. Do it when it isn’t raining!

Thank coxcs
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