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“St Andrews Castle”
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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 26 April 2014

Built in 1200 then rebuilt in 1390 this castle has been a fortress, prison and a palace over the years. It stands largely in ruins after being battered by 400 years of wars. It has a visitors centre which shows how people lived many years ago. Some of the stones from the walls were used to make up the harbour wall. It is open all year round to visitors. Just up the road 5 min is the Cathedral so both can be visited in a morning.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

Cold miserable day - but warm welcome into the centre with the staff who fussed over the kids.

The mine was brilliant but tricky. We managed with our 4 year old but not the 2. All in all the kids loved it, but we stayed about an hour so bear that in mind when pricing.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

I was pleasantly surprised by St Andrews, I just thought golf, but the town is stunning, with the castle and the abbey ruins, not to mention the beautiful beach. I would recommend a visit here if you are in the area :-)

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

The ruins gave you a feel for the historic depth of the culture. It was educational to talk the site and view the town from the perspective of the inhabitants long ago. We walked down to the tunnel passage but did not walk inside. It is a tight squeeze. To walk in you would be entering doubled over for a good distance, then climb done a ladder into a slightly larger area and proceed hunched over to the end (blocked off) and turn around to do the reverse to exit.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The St Andrews Castle was the place where important history took place. Although only some remnants can be seen, it is still worth your time. First, it was the place where the Reformation really started in Scotland - Archbishop David Beaton was killed in 1546 inside this Castle after he burnt George Wishhart, the person whom John Knox admired. Beaton's body was reportedly stored in the Bottle Dungeon which you can still see inside the St Andrews Castle. The reformist rebels held the Castle. When the Royal force attacked the rebels, a tunnel (mine) was dug. The reformist rebels dug a countermine to defend themselves. The mine and countermine can be seen and you can even enter them yourself if you are not claustrophobic.

John Knox was captured subsequently and sent to Continental Europe as a slave. He subsequently became the follower of John Calvin of Geneva. Eventually Calvinism became the basis of the Scottish Reformation and the core belief of the Church of Scotland. These important historical events all hinged on the St Andrews Castle. Visit it if you have a chance.

Remember to bring enough clothing for it can be a very windy place.

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