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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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  • The castle was really good but the overflowing litter bins outside the entrance almost put us off. I know the council should empty them but if they don't do it on a Sunday, whats stopping the castle s...  more »
  • Loved the exhibition and great views from around the castle. Visited on a sunny, mild day so nice to sit and relax on benches. Climbed down the mine but this was a little disappointing.  more »
  • This is a small, picturesque ruin, with absolutely excellent staff. What is left of this seaside bishop's castle can be covered quite quickly, though it is worth a visit, especially so for the mine an...  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.