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St Andrews Castle, St. Andrews

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St Andrew's Castle is a picturesque ruin located in the coastal Royal Burgh of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The castle sits on a rocky promontory overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea. There has been a castle standing at the site since the times of Bishop Roger (1189-1202), son of the Earl of Leicester. It housed the burgh’s wealthy and powerful bishops while St Andrews served as the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland during the years before the Protestant Reformation. In their Latin charters, the Archbishops of St Andrews wrote of the castle as their Palace, signing, "apud Palatium nostrum."The castle's grounds are now maintained by Historic Scotland, and are entered through a visitor centre with displays on its history. Some of the best surviving carved fragments from the castle are displayed in the centre, which also has a shop.
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  • Equal q the Cathedral, many ruin but little more, much more advisable to pay for the Cathedral and forget about Castle. The only thing remarkable tunnel under the foundations of the Castle.
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  • Entry to the castle is via the visitor centre which has a history of the castle on the corridor walls leading to the entrance, as well as the obligatory shop. The castle itself is in fairly good condi...  more »
  • I really loved that place and I'd like to visit it next time. Although castle is in ruin, it is breathtaking. Beautiful views on the sea. It is worth to buy a ticket and got to know little about its h...  more »
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  • It's a ruined castle by the sea. If you are looking for history then there's plenty here but not particularly obvious unless you read every panel display in the entrance. Staff are lovely.
  • This is supposed to be a mainstream tourist area, but there aren't that many tourists in all. Very relaxing, try and spend a few hours walking about exploring.
  • Absolutely stunning! Beautiful breathtaking place next to the beach. Its a must in St Andrews
  • Fantastic views, great walks around castle and down to beach and a really popular tourist attraction. Keep going back as the place facinates me, not just the castle but surrounding area and town which we love visiting.
  • Lovely views and great fun going down the tunnel. Kids had a great time exploring.
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