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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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Of all the castles throughout Scotland we have visited this is our favourite! Some of the stairs... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ben P
Mackay, Australia
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Beautiful location with stunning views of the North Sea and Fife, well worth a visit for the views... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Douglas B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. 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. The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown. It was besieged by both James IV and James V but was ultimately destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in a siege of 1651. Many artefacts are displayed to help tell its dramatic stories.
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North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Of all the castles throughout Scotland we have visited this is our favourite! Some of the stairs are a little bit treacherous so be careful if you have little ones. You are free to explore the majority of what is left which is the highlight...More

Thank Ben P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful location with stunning views of the North Sea and Fife, well worth a visit for the views alone.

Thank Douglas B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very windy cold day to visit the castle. However, the weather seemed to make it more authentic and question how people could live in such an exposed and weather torn place. The castle is well preserved and useful information boards helped us to visualise...More

Thank Mhari M
Reviewed 10 December 2017

Most impressed by this castle. Plenty to explore including a dungeon and various views from the top of the castle. Very close to North Berwick with wonderful sea views.

1  Thank Mislein
Reviewed 8 December 2017

This has to be one of Scotland's most striking castle ruins as it boasts breath taking views. The day we visited it was bright, cold and extremely windy which made the whole experience even better. The grounds are perfectly kept and the history of the...More

1  Thank Mark A
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

our second visit would highly recommend Very interesting and cultural monument with fabulous see views of bass rock

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Might be a ruin but is very lovely. The views are fantastic and the binoculars on the cliff are free to use, although there is a coin slot. The midges were a pest though so be careful.

Thank ptisystems
Reviewed 3 December 2017

Stunning vista, and gorgeous castle. We could have spent longer there but had to catch the bus back to town. You can stay longer than it takes for the bus to come back around. Probably would have been good to pack a lunch and stay...More

Thank Kim F
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Had nearly visited earlier in the year but the car park was full. Decided to brave it on a cold but bright day. Definitely worth a visit, and make the trip up the many steps to the top for the views.

Thank michelle0404
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Great look about this fascinating building. With all its history and amazing little facts all dotted about, I could have spent more time here. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Everyone should experience Tantallon at least once in their life time.... currently convincing the man we...More

Thank Wiiaahh
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9 September 2017|
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Response from rhonwen h | Reviewed this property |
I think it is free for members. No need to book, just show up. It's worth going to.
Who k D
27 July 2017|
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Response from CC C | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of steep stairs inside the ruins. You could probably access most of the grounds around the castle (beautiful view) but it's a fair distance from the car park and you would be not able to see much in the... More
9 July 2017|
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Response from Neil L | Reviewed this property |
They would need close supervision in the castle, as it has steep drops, behind fences, and steep stairs. It's a consequence of the design and purpose of a castle.