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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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  • I particularly enjoy ruins so I thought this was a nice castle to visit. I liked learning about some of the history before going outside to the castle. Once outside, it was fun to explore. As others h...  more »
  • While in at Andrews we decided to visit the castle and cathedral ruins, although it free between Oct and march as this was the 5th march it cost £6 to get in which I found quite expensive to look at r...  more »
  • this is a destroyed castle. Very good view point on the sea tho, it is very pretty but very windy. Before you go outside, the museum provides few informations about the castle.  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.