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Tantallon Castle

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Address: North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
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+44 1620 892727

Ascend Tantallon's towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to...

Ascend Tantallon's towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison.

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Super castle to visit.

Living nearby I have visited often - on my own with the dog, or with friends. There is a small car park near the shop and a larger car park at the entrance gates which involves a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
East Lothian, United Kingdom
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East Lothian, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Living nearby I have visited often - on my own with the dog, or with friends. There is a small car park near the shop and a larger car park at the entrance gates which involves a bit of a walk to the shop and ticket.There are toilets and a very good shop with quality gifts and souvenirs, books about... More 

Thank Patvet
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting ruins of a castle with several floors you can access and feel the history with the cliff edge views a bonus and you can almost touch the Bass Rock, it is not far off-shore with its ruined chapel, prison and working lighthouse. The earthworks, ditches and ruined walls give a great impression of the fortifications of 600 years ago.

Thank David T
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here one afternoon as what we thought would be a way to spend an extra hour. A fascinating place, and our only regret is arriving so late. A massive structure full of history and really should be given ample time to look round. Stunning views of the sea in a really beautiful location. Will certainly be back with more... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Another of Historic Scotland's well preserved ruined castles. Great walkways around the top of the ruins with beautiful views out to sea.

Thank George M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Tantallon Castle is a lovely, old ruin. It does look gorgeous going towards it but also being inside is great. You get lots of room and hidden spaces to see. Standing at the window and looking down to the cliffs with the waves breaking against the rocks was amazing. You can also reach the top of the castle and it... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Located on the end of a small promontory and defended from the land by ditches and wall, this would have been a formidable castle to attack. It is surprisingly intact given its history of battle and exposed (but beautiful) location. Excellent information boards guide you as you explore the castle from dungeon to rampart.

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Marchin, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Formidable stronghold on tops of cliffs a bit outside North Berwick. We had gorgeous weather when visiting and therefore had the opportunity to have a view of Bass Rock. Clear explanations and indications. We walked from the city centre to the castle. About 6 km.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Fascinating history, well informed HS staff. Large parts are well preserved and stunning location, with views to the Bass Rock.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

Helpful attendant and notice boards helped bring this fascinating and well sited castle to life. Good benches for resting or a picnic and clean toilets.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

North Berwick is a lovely area and Tantallon Castle is a joy to walk around and get the feel of the history in this place.Kids loved it and the backdrop is totally breathtaking....wrap up well!

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