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The Scores

St Andrews

KY16 9AR






Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle. The visitor centre, exhibition and toilets are open.

More information about the restrictions

Explore a castle caught in the Protestant Reformation struggle for hearts and minds. St Andrews Castle was a bishop’s palace, a fortress and a state prison during its 450-year history.

If you're brave descend into the castle's unique underground mine and countermine to get a sense of medieval siege warfare. Or peer into the bottle dungeon, which was one of medieval Britain's most infamous castle prisons.

Protestant preacher George Wishart may have been imprisoned in the castle’s bottle dungeon. Cardinal Beaton’s murdered body was certainly kept in the dank and airless hole. The assassination sparked the brutal siege of 1546–47, when opposing sides dug the remarkable mine and countermine into the rock close to the castle battlements.

1 April to 30 September opening times
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm
Monument may close for lunch.

Adult £7.20
Concession (age 65+) £5.70
Child £4.30
Child under 5 FREE
Family ticket (1 adult and 2 children) £14
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £2
Family ticket  (2 adults and 3 children) £24

Advance booking required - tickets available at https://www.historicenvironment.scot/restart-history/


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