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Review of St Andrews Castle

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
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“Great Site to Explore”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We spent a morning touring the museum at the Castle and the grounds. It is a short walk from the main downtown area to the Castle area. The history of the castle is explained in the museum and we really enjoyed learning about the history of the area.

Visited May 2014
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“Well worth a Visit”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

St Andrew's Castle sits on a headland and is very easy to find. From the centre of St Andrew's itself it is a leisurely 10 minute stroll to the castle. The castle was the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews and it is believed Cardinal Beaton's body was kept here after he was murdered in 1546. The history of the castle is very well narrated by a story teller as you walk around various models depicting the history of the castle. There are also very informative murals and passages on the walls describing life and murder within and around the castle through the centuries. Visit the bottle dungeon, one of the most infamous castle prisons in medieval Britain and imagine life imprisoned there. Explore the underground 16th century 50m siege mine and counter mine - if you dare!

Very interesting castle and very well narrated. Parts of the castle are ruins and a point of note is there is no access to the bottle dungeon or the siege and counter mine for visitors using wheelchairs or who have limited mobility.

Visited June 2014
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Halifax, Canada
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“Amazing wow factor!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This was one of my favourite castles in all of Scotland. It's not the biggest, and certainly not the most reconstructed, but the stories of dungeons, tunnels, murder and conflict are just so well told and so realistic. Very special place.

Visited May 2014
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Tayport, United Kingdom
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“Have been in the past but I wouldn't go now because the admission prices are way too high for me!”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

It's such a shame because we have been many times in the past when our children were younger. At that time it was free to enter the castle but now it costs £8 per adult and there really isn't any castle to see. It's a ruin! The mine and countermine are very interesting and the children loved that but I can't see many families affording this entry money. Witness the fact that nobody was in it on a lovely day last week. Wise up Historic Scotland.

Visited June 2014
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ByHistoricScotland, Owner at St Andrews Castle, responded to this review, 27 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to St Andrew’s Castle. Although we have introduced an admission price since the time your children were young you have to appreciate that in addition to the castle’s heritage as one of the best siege countermines in Europe, the visitor experience has been improved with the addition of a very informative interpretation area for visitors.

The admission charge does not only pay for the visit to St Andrews Castle it also assists in the conservation of all the monuments within the estate, some of which are unmanned and free to visit.

If you are planning on visiting any of our sites we would always encourage you if possible to invest in an Historic Scotland annual membership which costs just £7.04 per month for a family pass. This includes unlimited access to all 365 Historic Scotland sites as well as entry to our spectacular events programme.
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“Try the tunnel”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The castle plays an important part in the history of the Church in Scotland as it was taken over by John Knox and his group who killed the Cardinal in a time of religious upheaval. Go into the 50 metre tunnel built through rock. Have built by the Army trying to get in and the other half by the group in the Castle as a counter-tunnel

Visited May 2014
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