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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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  • Thoroughly enjoyed this historical site, from the well presented inside story journey to the underground tunnel it's enjoyable for all ages. 
  • We where of course in St.Andrews to play golf, but we found time to do some site seeing as well. This ruin of St Andrews castle was one of the first places we viseted (After a trip inside the Golf Mus...  more »
  • The castle is in ruins, but they have an exhibition at the entrance, where they explain you a little history. It was used also as a prison, so observe the area of bottleneck that releasing the prisoners, will not let you indifferent. Do not forget that also use was for mining, and you can access one of the tunnels and back in time. Beware of the heads, and crouch down well. But it is worth.
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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.