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St Andrews Castle, St. Andrews

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St Andrews Castle is a 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 Environment Scotland as a scheduled monument. The site is 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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  • The Castle and grounds are atmospheric, and easy access. The indoor exhibits in the visitor center are VERY well done, with beautiful artwork and models illustrating the information. 
    The Castle and grounds are atmospheric, and easy access. The indoor exhibits in the visitor center are VERY well done, with beautiful artwork and models illustrating the information.  more »
  • Although there is not a lot left of the castle, there is still enough there to make a visit worthwhile to St Andrews, if combined with the Abbey. Regardless, the castle is in a stunning location... 
    Although there is not a lot left of the castle, there is still enough there to make a visit worthwhile to St Andrews, if combined with the Abbey. Regardless, the castle is in a stunning location...  more »
  • This place is really good. Remember to get a historic Scotland card so you can go in castles for free. The views were sensational and the staff were super helpful and friendly. The castles history... 
    This place is really good. Remember to get a historic Scotland card so you can go in castles for free. The views were sensational and the staff were super helpful and friendly. The castles history...  more »
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  • Lovely walk around the castle. Entry price isn't too bad. Lots of parking outside. Staff really friendly and had actors playing some roles
  • Went for the Gin tour and had an interesting and informative tour. I had no idea gin had such a long and complex story. You're provided with three samples to taste and a look at the still too. You'll be surprised at the size of it
  • An amazing place steeped in history. Couldn't go down the tunnel this time but will certainly be going again. An amazing town too with plenty of places to visit
  • Interesting place and worthwhile downloading the audio guide. Good background story. Really enjoyed the experience
  • Really enjoyable visit. It's a shame some parts are still closed, but it means we will have to come back in the future. 😀

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