St Andrews Castle

St Andrews Castle information

St Andrews , Scotland
The Scores
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adult/child £5.50/3.30, incl cathedral £7.60/4.60
Opening hours
9.30am-5.30pm Apr-Sep, to 4.30pm Oct-Mar
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With dramatic coastline views, the castle is mainly in ruins, but the site itself is evocative. It was founded around 1200 as the bishop's fortified home. After the execution of Protestant reformers in 1545, other reformers retaliated by murdering Cardinal Beaton and taking over the castle. They spent almost a year holed up, during which they and their attackers dug a complex of siege tunnels ; you can walk (or stoop) along their damp mossy lengths. A tourist office gives a good audiovisual introduction and has a small collection of Pictish stones.