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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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  • St Andrews is full of history and there is a lot to see, but I suggest you put the castle (or the remains of it) on the top three of your list of things to see. You'll learn a lot about the history of...  more »
  • Title says it all, to just be around the ruins of such a historical place will bring goosebumps to your arms to imagine all that has taken place right where you stand. Maybe to some it is just an old ...  more »
  • Particularly fasinated by the siege tunnels and counter mines. A really unique experience. This site is a ruin but there is a good range of information signs and the visitor centre included an informa...  more »
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  • Getting in is a bit pricey. But the castle is good, the siege tunnel is the thing that is worth seeing. And feeling quite dangerous which is refreshing.
  • Amazing location. Good museum. Helpful staff
  • Rode a motorbike to it one day. Pipe band practicing on the walls. It was raining. Drank an Irn Bru and went home. Thoroughly Scottish day.
  • Fascinating old castle with a great story behind it. Very walkable and accessible to both young and old. Great tunnels, an interesting dungeon, and superb views of the sea.
  • Interesting set of ruins with lots of history. The mine and counter mine dug deep under the castle was particularly a highlight. Worth seeing if you aren't claustrophobic as it is barely a person wide in places.