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“Nice little castle”
Review of St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle
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St Andrews and The Villages of Fife Day Trip from Edinburgh
Ranked #6 of 62 things to do in St. Andrews
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Owner description: St Andrews Castle is the ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century. On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the city's castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews and the focal point of the church in medieval Scotland. Explore the underground 16th-century siege mine and counter-mine, and the 'bottle dungeon', one of the most infamous castle prisons in medieval Britain, which was cut out of the solid rock. John Knox and George Wishart may have been imprisoned in this dank and airless space, and this is where its believed Cardinal Beaton’s body was kept when he was murdered in 1546. Join ticket with St. Andrews Cathedral available - Adult £9 Child £5.40 Concession £7
Reviewed January 25, 2013

I love castles and this one of my favorites. Going into the mine and countermine is like walking through "living" history. True the castle is in ruins, but there is still much to see in a fairly small space. The bottle dugeon is interesting. The display in the visitor centre is neat to look at (and of interest to children). It can be a rough walk around if the weather is even a little bad, the wind comes through the castle very strongly (it blew my hat off), but well worth a look even in bad weather.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

It starts with a short history of the castle in the visitors centre. Then once through this it is outside to view the castle. Lots to see and make you consider life way back then. Go down the mine !

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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.

Thank stokes007
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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!

Thank lizziemcmizzie
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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!

Thank woodybark
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