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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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  • So great to see a castle open before April - always a bonus when travelling off season! I enjoyed the wee "intro" maze through the mannequins before being guided to the actual castle. I wasn't...  more »
  • I’ve visited many castle ruins and this was ok but if you have visited some other castles then you’re probably not going to gain anything extra here. It is a nice site though.  more »
  • Picturesque castle ruin on the rocks and cliff edge, overlooking the sea, far too expensive to go in (in my opinion!) but can easily be seen from the walkway and beach.  more »
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  • Historic Castle has a gift shop and exhibition inside a separate building which you go through before going outside to the castle itself. Great on a sunny day as it has no roof and benches to relax on. Boards round the castle explain what the buildings were. You can climb up to higher levels and look out on the water. Upper levels are by metal stairs which are not suitable for disabled or infirm people however the main castle area could be accessed by wheelchair with assistance. A nice place to go and relax while in St Andrews. Entry fee is payable in the gift shop. £9 Adult, £5.40 Child under 5s free. Concesions £7.20. Young Scot card holders (worth getting) £1.
  • Interesting castle with great views of the coast. There's not a great deal left, but what's there is fascinating, particularly the mine and counter mines which are quite unique in my experience. Worth a visit, but a good look round will only take up a couple of hours at most.
  • We are here on a lovely day so the views are outstanding. I listened to a modern recording of castle areas which was very intetesting. My grandson went to the famous bottle dungeon and the escape tunnel. All in all good.
  • Beautiful castle. Horrible staff. Arrived few minutes after 5 and they rudely said no entry even though on google preview says closing at 5:30. Explained I drove 2 hrs to see this castle and flying out of country tomorrow and there was no flexibility. Maybe should reconsider advertising closing time and putting nicer staff.
  • Like to explore history? Head here for a fun afternoon out. Good for all the family. Staff are lovely too. 😁

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