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St Andrews Castle, St. Andrews

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Tunnels were dug during a siege. You can crawl into these tunnels to get a sense of lengths people would go to to attack and defend these castles. 
  • The visitor center had a nice display with a short film and a quick history lesson. Cardinal Beaton was tortured and murdered and hung out the castle parapets. But there is not much to the castle itse...  read more »
  • Walking through St Andrews, discover the ruins of the Cathedral and Castle, stroll by the golf course, see the coast and beaches make of all this an unforgettable place.
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  • The old ruins of the castle are worth seeing. Loved walking in the mine and countermine underneath the castle. Amazing history! If you're going for a trip on a sunny afternoon - get a joint ticket for the castle and the cathedral at the cathedral's tourist shop.
  • Fantastic place to visit especially if the weather holds out. Good for kids.
  • Fantastic castle on the coast. Be sure to visit the mine/tunnel underneath, as it runs almost all the way under the castle grounds.
  • If you have the explorer pass or the annual membership, it's ok, but if you have to pay the tiquet... maybe it is not necessary. It's nice, but it's not stunning.
  • Was nice to finally see after years of visiting st.andrews. I thought the prices were a bit high but on a sunny summer's day it's worth the visit
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