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St Andrews Castle

St. Andrews Castle The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
+44 1334 477196
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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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St. Andrews Castle The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
+44 1334 477196
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This castle is nearly gone, restoration has halted its decline. The history is amazing. We started our castle trek in Wales then Ireland then into Scotland, after a while all the fighting etc starts to make sense. A must to do is the underground mine...More

Thank raelene61
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited this wonderful site with two friends on a recent trip to beautiful St.Andrews. We had a great time clambering around the well maintained ruins and enjoyed reading information about the castle's past history. Beautiful views of the sea added to our enjoyment. We weren't...More

Thank karen2558
Reviewed 3 days ago

A fine site for picture taking. It sits on a point overlooking the North Sea. Very picturesque. Several Scottish kings lived here and it also served as a prison

Thank asteinharter
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great photo op as we walked along The Scores. Not much left of the castle so didn't feel the need to pay the admission to go in. Walkways along the outside give photo opportunities from several views and with the ocean in the backdrop...More

Thank dhen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Informative plaques everywhere. There's a hidden mine which was built in 1546-47 is a must, if you small enough!! Brill day out.

Thank Lorraine D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the ruins! And I got a kids Cj out of the privy - hole in the wall, times were tough. The view from the top is amazing It over looks the North Sea. It was cold and misting rain but who cares it...More

Thank Threedeez T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You do have to pay to see the castle ruins. We choose to take pictures from the outside and look. We had a brain blue sky day that was wonderful.

Thank Amy G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although this is for most people not the #1 reason to come to St Andrews, it is an intriguing place. Lots to see here, too.

Thank Seniordad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a trip back in time..although the castle is in ruins, it's still an active cemetary . The museum offer much backround for your visit.

Thank Deborah E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very welcoming castle to visit with extensive ramparts and moats. Great views out to sea. Inflation boards are really informative. Do not miss the tunnels dug to blow the castle up and the countermines to blow the tunnellers up first!! Also be sure to...More

Thank cdab
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Michelle K
29 January 2017|
Response from William S | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, it's hard to find but a keen eye and patients will pay off!
Carole C
9 August 2015|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Thank you for your enquiry. Admission to St Andrews Castle costs £5.50 or an adult, £4.40 concession and £3.30 for a child. A joint ticket for the cathedral and castle costs £8 adult, £6.40 concession and £4.80 child. You... More