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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
01620 892 727
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
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16 reviews 16 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

First visit to a castle (well one I paid to see anyway), totally worth it!. £11 for 2 adults and 2 kids, gorgeous sunny day, stunning grounds, loads of information points and the grounds to the castle where immaculate. Only regret is I didn't pack a picnic, it really was picturesque.

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Merthyr Tydfil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Lovely visit to a castle with wonderful views of the sea and Bass Rock. Built in the 1350's by William Douglas and destroyed by Oliver Cromwell's army in 1651. Built on cliffs and you get a lovely feeling of isolation here. Great visit, the castle is under the care of Historic Scotland.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visited Tantalon castle by taking a long walk from North Berwick and the beaches (and over the golf yard). The last bit is no way (what a shame), so you have to go on the road... :( why? The castle itself is very nice and has great views to all sides. It is really good renovated at all!

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

When you first walk up to this castle it seems to tower over the surrounding landscape. This castle has some of the best views in Scotland and is worth a visit for this alone. My daughters thought that the layout was "really cool" and they noticed the difference from some of the major castle they had visited. This castle should... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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54 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

A Castle much lesser known than Edinburgh or Stirling or Urquhart and yet arguably more breath-taking than any of them (given the right weather, of course). Ideally, you will want to travel here by car (I'm not sure how to get here by public transport, although you can get a train to nearby North Berwick from Edinburgh). It is situated... More

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Vero Beach, United States
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17 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I loved the authenticity and the easy-to-get-around layout. The price is reasonable and you can picnic on the lawn inside the castle. Be sure to see the ancient "toilets." They are no longer in use, thankfully, because they empty directly into the moat!

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is definitely the most dramatic setting for any castle that I've visited. The ruins stand literally on the edge of the wind swept cliff and tower above the surrounding scenery. This castle must have been huge in its time and is still very imposing. You are able to climb the numerous stairs up to various levels and some rooms,... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

you have to take a bus to the castle from the centre of north berwick which is just 5 minutes of the journey, the bus stop is just on the road in front of the castle. I cant really remember the price for the entrance but it was between 3 and 6 pounds, very cheap and worth it. the castle... More

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Seattle, Washington
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

While Tantallon Castle has seen better days, its dramatic placement on the cliffs overlooking the Firth of Forth certainly made it worth visiting. This was my wife's favorite castle we visited. Tantallon was built in the 14th century by William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas. It was besieged by King James IV in 1491, King James V in 1528, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Beautiful, very interesting. Would go back again. Love letting my imagination running wild with how it used to look and what used to happen in the castle. Amazing day out.

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