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St. Andrews Castle
St. Andrews Castle

St. Andrews Castle

Hours vary by season
The Scores, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

The basics

The castle was badly damaged during the Wars of Independence and little of the original castle remains today. A new structure was built around 1400, which later served as a prison; during the Scottish Reformation it was a notable site of religious persecution. Visitors can see the bottle dungeon where the Scottish reformer John Knox may have been imprisoned. You can learn more about the castle’s dramatic history during a guided tour of St. Andrews. The ruins also offer impressive views of the North Sea beyond the rocky coast.

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St Andrews Town: Walking Tour
St Andrews Town: Walking Tour
$15.34 per adult
Traveler Favorite
St Andrews gem!
Amy extremely knowledgeable and interactive.. A real pleasure and a wonderful visit. Would highly recommend this tour.
Robert_F, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Dundee

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Informal Personal Tour of St Andrews
James_T, Aug 2022
The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour
This was an informal tour with a local photographer. Matt was knowledgeable about the history of St Andrews. He’s a former caddie and hospitality worker for the St Andrew’s courses. We were able to choose where to go and what photos we would like. It was great to just have the 2 of us and be able to ask the questions we had. Thank you Matt!!
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Personalized Tour
Chris_M, Jul 2022
Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
Excellent personalized tour from Hazel. Beautiful drive up from Edinburgh, visit to seaside town and walking tour of St. Andrews with plenty of time for shopping and ice cream. Highlight was eating lunch in the Tom Morris pub on the old course which Hazel arranged in advance.
star-5
Great tour! Really nice...
Maggie_O, Jul 2022
St Andrews Ghost Tours
Great tour! Really nice walk around St Andrews with a very passionate and knowledgeable tour guide. I would definitely recommend to friends and will probably take my family next time they come to visit!
star-5
Ed did a fantastic job....
Howard_S, Jul 2022
St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Ed did a fantastic job. He was a great help securing dining reservations before our arrival and was very flexible with our itinerary. He great host and tour guide.
star-5
Great tour and fantastic...
Carol_S, Jul 2022
St Andrews Town: Walking Tour
Great tour and fantastic tour guide! We learned so much about the beautiful town of St.Andrew’s and the history of Scotland.
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Time to learn a little about St Andrews
Ann_S, Jul 2022
St Andrews Town: Walking Tour
Great tour … learned a lot about St Andrews and the history of the town. Tour guide always made sure we were close by and would wait if too much noise before talking to us .
star-5
Two thumbs up!
Natascha_L, Jun 2022
St Andrews Golf Oriented History Tours
Highly Recommended: The quality of the tour guide was excellent & he was very informative. We enjoyed learning about the different aspects of St. Andrews, including golf, university and the castle.
star-5
Awesome tour
Greg_K, Jun 2022
St Andrews Golf Oriented History Tours
What a great walking tour of St Andrew’s. The guide was Fantastic with his knowledge of the golf as well as the town history. Exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend.
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Wonderful history tour
Shannon_B, May 2022
St Andrews History Tours
Richard was a fantastic tour guide. His knowledgeable is extraordinary. He was accommodating to the group and answered everyone’s questions. We only wish we could have spent more time with him!
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Nice tours!
Oriana_C, Apr 2022
St Andrews History Tours
We did two tours with Richard (the history and the ghost tours) and we found them very informative and entertaining! He is a well of knowledge about St. Andrews and it’s ghosts and showed us a lot of hidden corners we would have never found by ourselves
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RECCOMMEND!
Andrea_S, Apr 2022
Kingdom of Fife & St Andrews Full-Day Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan
Highly recommend! My husband and I had a very informative, well-paced and FUN day with Alexander. We are so grateful to have had this experience in our short time in Scotland.
star-5
Good tour, terrible app.
Joseph_H, Jul 2022
St Andrews Town: Walking Tour
Tour guide had good stories. Would recommend this tour. This app is poorly designed, because I commented enough and I am done, yet it wants more comments to allow me to submit this. My time is valuable but the idiot who designed this app doesn’t appreciate that.
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Things to know before you go

  • St. Andrews Castle is a must-visit for Scottish history buffs.
  • There is an admission fee, which is discounted for children.
  • The visitor center is wheelchair accessible.
  • There is no wheelchair access to the bottle dungeon, mines, or upper floors.
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How to get there

St. Andrews Castle is located on The Scores in the east coast town and is easily accessible from other major sites and hotels in St. Andrews. It is a 15-minute walk east of the bus station and 10 minutes from the Old Course.

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When to get there

From April 1st to September 30th, St. Andrews Castle is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m—last entry at 5 p.m. The rest of the year it is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with last entry at 3:30 p.m.

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St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum

Just steps from the castle, the St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum is home to a wealth of objects relating to the history of the town including fine art, clothing, furniture, and more. There is also a collection of photographs, postcards, and slides that can be viewed by arrangement with the curator.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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