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“Picturesque views of the town and water”
Review of St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle
Ranked #13 of 66 things to do in St Andrews
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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 July 2014

The visit begins with a good visitor center exhibit that gives you as much history and information as you want. The castle is mostly skeletal ruins, well curated with signs and fantastic, dramatic views. Enough climbing around and exploring to keep kids entertained, too.

Thank Bryan A
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We enjoyed wandering through the ruins and climbing up the walls that were left, but the best part of visiting these ruins was exploring the mines! The castle was almost besieged by a group digging a mine under the castle wall - so the people inside the castle dug counter mines to try and intercept the incoming mine - you can "walk" through the countermine into the incoming mine - it is quite incredible!! Very cool. Also there were beautiful views of the ocean. The visitor center had a lovely little museum with information, and the Castle guide was also very informative. A fun few hours! And if you go - make sure you also visit the Cathedral that is nearby and climb up the tower for the most amazing view of St. Andrews!!

Thank Gabriella D
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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.

Thank TwoputtandMore
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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.

Thank gelascotland
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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.

Thank Jim F
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