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St Andrews Castle

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Address: St. Andrews Castle The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
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+44 1334 477196

On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the town's...

On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the town's castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews - the focal point of the Church in medieval Scotland. Today explore the underground 16th century siege mine and countermine and the bottle dungeon. There is a visitor centre with exhibition.

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we were late and the castle was closed but that didnt stop us from strolling outside and getting some pictures. I wish we could have viewed the inside as well

Reviewed 1 June 2016
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

Although it isn't the most amazing castle I've ever visited, it is free and the view of the beach is very cool.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

What a fantastic place to visit. Full of character and lot's of nooks and crannies to look into. Best bit was going down the tunnels but be sure to duck and don't wear your most expensive clothes and definitely no heels. And it was sunny to top it all off! Great fun

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

we were late and the castle was closed but that didnt stop us from strolling outside and getting some pictures. I wish we could have viewed the inside as well

1 Thank helping_hand81
Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 31 May 2016

Although this castle is in ruins, we still enjoyed our visit very much. It sits right on the coast. Going down into the tunnels under the castle was fun. The signs all around were very helpful to learn about what we were seeing.

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Reviewed 29 May 2016

Early thoughts were that this was going to be dated, as the information boards outside the railings were faded with time and hardly readable, but the history came alive inside, along with views from the great location. A siege in historical times had an attempt to be broken through a mine (tunnel) but those inside managed to dig down and... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

I have not been in St Andrews castle for many years, my daughter and I spent a lovely afternoon here. It starts with entry through the visitor centre, easy to navigate and informative. Staff at reception lovely, happy at work which sets you up nicely for your visit. Easy stroll on a gentle slope out to the castle ruin. Information... More 

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Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

The information signs and displays made this otherwise ruin and pile of rocks interesting. We have membership in Historic Scotland, so it was free to us as well as the cathedral. Ok for a quick stop.

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Reviewed 25 May 2016

Doesn't compare well with many of the other castles you can visit in Scotland. Highlights are the beautiful views over the water and an informative learning area before you visit the ruins.

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The Villages, FL
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

Recently while visiting Dundee, my wife and I drove over to St Andrews to take in the sights. Our first stop was St Andrews Castle. It is on the Scotland Explorer Pass program so if you have a pass, entrance is free. The castle ruins are not large and even with reading everything in the museum, you can see it... More 

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Reviewed 23 May 2016

The indoor exhibition was well put together and interesting. The outdoors had explanation along different points as well indicating what had been there and how it would've looked like. The views of the sea were beautiful. Must explore the tunnels!!

1 Thank Kimberly L

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