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St Andrews Castle

The main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews

St Andrews Castle

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 – the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland.

Today, a siege mine and counter-mine can be explored, and the ‘bottle dungeon’ viewed. Visitor centre with exhibition.


  • The Mine and Counter-mine – these unique underground passages give visitors a palpable sense of the horrific nature of medieval siege warfare.
  • The Bottle Dungeon – one of the most infamous castle prisons in medieval Britain, cut out of the solid rock. John Knox and George Wishart may have been imprisoned in this dank and airless hole, and Cardinal Beaton’s body was kept here.
  • The Hamilton Façade – an impressive frontage that is testimony to the wealth and taste of its builder.
Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – Kingdom of Fife
Postcode: KY16 9AR

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

1 October - 31 March, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Admission prices

All year (tickets for St Andrews Castle)
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

All year (tickets for St Andrews Castle and Cathedral)
Adult £7.20, Child £4.40, Concession £5.80

Events at St Andrews Castle

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29 August 2014

The Three Estates Costume Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Ring of Brodgar Guided Walk

Ring Of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge

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Ladies of the Renaissance

Edinburgh Castle

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Standing Stones of Stenness Guided Walk

Stones Of Stenness Circle And Henge

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Bat Walk

Holyrood Park

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Hands on History

Urquhart Castle

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