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“Cool experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle
The Scores, St. Andrews KY16 9AR, Scotland
+44 (0)1334 477 196
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Ranked #11 of 46 things to do in St. Andrews
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Owner description: On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the town's castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews - the focal point of the Church in medieval Scotland. Today explore the underground 16th century siege mine and countermine and the bottle dungeon. There is a visitor centre with exhibition.
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“Cool experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

So there is definitely a fee to actually enter the castle area, and you may feel like you can see the whole thing (since its a ruin) from the outside. And that's true - if you're on a budget, I'd be fine saying to skip the trip inside. But if you can swing it, what makes it worth the trip inside are two things: first, the view down the cliffs from inside the castle. What an awesome fortress it must have been. Second, and most importantly, is the mine. Yes, people were trapped in the castle and tried to dig their way out. Yes, the entrappers figured this out and tunneled their way in from outside to meet them and thwart the escape. And YES, these tunnels still exist and you can crawl in and see it all. And the little museum area is great for town and university history. The city was extremely important in the middle ages and to the Scottish Reformation, so it really is interesting material. But honestly what I love best is just sitting on a bench overlooking the castle sands, watching the surf beat away at the crag the castle sits on, and staring at the ruins, so if you skip the visit inside, at least make sure you take a while to really look at it. Goes well with a nice hot tea if the wind is blowing. And it WILL BE.

Visited March 2012
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“Cool remains, terrible weather.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

In typical Scottish fashion, my daytrip to St Andrews began with a bedazzling sunrise over the navy ocean. Alas, by midday it was hailing, sleeting, and snowing all at once - which made for one damp exploration of the castle. It's so worth a scramble about, but double-check the weather first!

Visited January 2013
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Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful place with so much history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

There is a "new" visitor centre since my previous visit which has loads of interesting info. Gift shop has lots of quirky gifts. The Castle has always been a great place to visit and I love the Bottle Dungeon and Underground Passage so don't miss them when you visit. Beautiful views over the sea and beaches from the battlements and a great sense of history and dramatic events that took place here. First visited here about 55 years ago and the place still gives me chills!

Visited June 2012
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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“Really Worth A Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is a little gem and the information boards in the museum are excellent, as was the helpful man on the desk. The castle itself, whilst relatively small, is full of interest, not least the underground counter-mine that you can go down and along. Well you can if you are under six feet tall, which I am not, but my wife said it was tremendous.

Visited January 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Do not do the tour”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This castle ruins is seriously just the outside walls. It is not worth paying for the tour to see the walls. I would recommend if you're looking to take photo's that you do it outside the walls of the castles as there isn't too much to photograph from inside.

Visited December 2012
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