St Andrews Castle

Local nameSt Andrews Castle
LocationSt Andrews, UK

St Andrew's Castle is a ruin located in the coastal Royal Burgh of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The castle sits on a rocky promontory overlooking a small beach called Castle Sands and the adjoining North Sea. There has been a castle standing at the site since the times of Bishop Roger, son of the Earl of Leicester. It housed the burgh’s wealthy and powerful bishops while St Andrews served as the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland during the years before the Protestant Reformation. In their Latin charters, the Archbishops of St Andrews wrote of the castle as their palace, signing, "apud Palatium nostrum."The castle's grounds are now maintained by Historic Environment Scotland as a scheduled monument. The site is entered through a visitor centre with displays on its history. Some of the best surviving carved fragments from the castle are displayed in the centre, which also has a shop.

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Opening hours

Apr 1 - Sep 30: daily: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Oct 1 - Mar 31: daily: 10 am - 4 pm

Last entry half an hour before closing.


St Andrews Cathedral:
Adult: £5.50
Child: £3.30
Concession: £4.40

St Andrews Cathedral and Castle:
Adult £8
Child £4.80
Concession £6.40

More information and contact


Official Website

More information at Historic Scotland

Phone +44 1334 477196

Address The Scores, St Andrews KY16 9AR, United Kingdom

Coordinates 56°20'31.651" N -2°47'25.36" E

Tours and activities: St Andrews Castle

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

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From Edinburgh: St. Andrews, Dunnottar Castle, and Falkland

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from 66 USD

St Andrews: Guided Walking Tour

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