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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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  • Equal q the Cathedral, many ruin but little more, much more advisable to pay for the Cathedral and forget about Castle. The only thing remarkable tunnel under the foundations of the Castle.
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  • Entry to the castle is via the visitor centre which has a history of the castle on the corridor walls leading to the entrance, as well as the obligatory shop. The castle itself is in fairly good condi...  more »
  • I really loved that place and I'd like to visit it next time. Although castle is in ruin, it is breathtaking. Beautiful views on the sea. It is worth to buy a ticket and got to know little about its h...  more »
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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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