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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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  • Having an interest in history I was keen to go to St Andrews Castle and look around it. It was very interesting and close to the ruin of the Cathedral - a place inextricably linked to the Castle and t...  more »
  • It was raining the day that I was here. My kids and I visited here. It's in ruins. It's on a hill right by the water. Had to be such a great place back hundreds of years ago. The bathing pond down by ...  more »
  • A beautiful sight especially if you are lucky enough to see him with the Sun. Seems to be on a movie set.
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  • Not a huge castle but most definitely worth a visit as it's beautifully presented with many informative signs. The tunnel which runs below it is like nothing I've ever experienced before, it was the most chilling and captivating experience of connecting with history I've ever done, it left me quite speechless to be crawling along a 500 year old tunnel connected to such a life changing time in world history. Awesome!
  • One of my favorite places to visit in Scotland. We had been telling our children for years about the mine and countermine, and they were absolutely thrilled to experience it for themselves this summer. Beautiful location, a very decent small museum display to contextualize the history of the castle and St. Andrews itself, and very helpful staff.
  • Excellent ruin within easy access from St Andrews, Well worth a visit and if your feeling fit enough climb down into the tunnels below the castle, "Not for the claustrophobic"
  • So amazing. If you don't like small spaces, there is a tunnel beneath you should avoid but the do warn you. Views are beautiful and so interesting. Staff are super helpful
  • Beautiful setting. Very informative history board near the site entrance.

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Where to stay in St. Andrews

less expensive lodging and luxury rental apartments are located around the town center and the university buildings. Be sure to book accommodations overlooking the sea and St. Andrew Cathedral ruins early, because they fill up fast during the good weather months. Rental properties in the town center on narrow streets, such as Market Street, are within walking distance of the main architectural and cultural attractions. Save money by renting a room farther west of the town center. These are residential neighborhoods that are well-connected to the town center but offer quiet nights and inexpensive nightly rates.
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