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St. Andrews Castle on the east coast of Scotland dates back to the 1100s and was home to the Archbishops of St. Andrews. It was once the main administrative center of the Scottish church. The castle was badly damaged during the Wars of Independence and little of the original castle remains today. The new castle was finished around 1400 and was built to be easily defended. Steep cliffs to the north and east protected the castle, and the building included thick curtain walls and ditches. Five square towers served as living space for the bishop, his large household, and guests.

Later St. Andrews Castle served as a prison. Visitors can see the bottle dungeon where John Knox and George Wishart may have been imprisoned. Cardinal Beaton's body was also kept here after his murder. The mine gives visitors a sense of what medieval siege warfare was like. The castle also offers impressive views of the sea over the rugged rocky coast.

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St Andrews Ghost Tours

St Andrews Ghost Tours

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This tour is scheduled at 4pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm & 9pm, 7 days a week throughout the year (check booking calendar for any exclusions). Discover a wealth of lost history and paranormal sightings on this award-winning guided walking tour of the historic medieval Scottish town of St Andrews. This is one of the top ghost tours in the world and one of only 4 walking tours in Scotland with 5 Stars through the Scottish Tourist Board..... Importantly, this is the only ghost tour in the world where there are no myths, legends, stories, tales or 'jumper ooters'! For this is the real stuff, where you will learn about the remarkable history of St Andrews as a backdrop to the reality of the paranormal through countless people's experiences. Including first-hand accounts with your guide; author, historian, and paranormal authority Richard Falconer.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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St Andrews Town: Walking Tour

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St Andrews Town: Walking Tour

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Learn more about St. Andrews than is possible wandering around alone by booking this guided walking tour. In a small group, your guide will bring the town to life as you take a leisurely stroll to such attractions as St Andrews' Cathedral, St Andrews' Castle, the Old Course, the University of St. Andrews and hidden gems that most visitors miss.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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St Andrews History Tours

St Andrews History Tours

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This tour is scheduled at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm, 7 days a week (check booking calendar for any exclusions). Your guide Richard Falconer is an author and historian of St Andrews and conducts all the history tours himself. Having researched St Andrews for a period spanning six decades you will find a lot of previously lost or forgotten history about the town. Including how the town and University were looking for the lost treasure of the Cathedral for 50 years until 1929, and what Richard has uncovered through his researches over the last 40+ years. The tour incorporates all the historic quarters of the town apart from the golf course which is for another tour! You will see two locations where Mary Queen of Scots stayed for her holidays to St Andrews. Explore the historic ancient City and learn about the spiritual and sometimes barbarous elements. St Andrews is unique on many fronts, with many a noted golfer, Hollywood stars and royalty spending time here.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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St Andrews Golf Oriented History Tours

St Andrews Golf Oriented History Tours

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Famed across the globe as the Home of Golf, St. Andrews has more than just links to offer. Discover its history and lesser-known aspects of the beautiful game when you join these golf-oriented heritage tours, led by local author and historian Richard Falconer. Visit the Links, the Golf Inn, and the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral, last resting place of over 100 noted golfers; discover the castleÔÇÖs gory history and ScotlandÔÇÖs oldest university too.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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St Andrews Sightseeing Tours

St Andrews Sightseeing Tours

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Award-winning sightseeing walking tours of St Andrews with noted guide, author and historical researcher Richard Falconer. St Andrews is one of the most unique and surprising locations in the world. It is no secret that St Andrews is a sought-after destination, being the Home of Golf and incorporating Scotland's first University, but there has been a vibrancy here for well over 1000 years. It culminated in the rise and fall of the Cathedral precincts, symbolic of the greatest seat of Catholic power outside Rome itself in Europe for over 400 years - and the treasures they housed may still be here! You will hear about the formation of St Andrews, the golf, the university and Royalty through the ages from Pictish Kings to Mary Queen of Scots and Prince William. It is fair to say St Andrews has it all, and you will find out all about it on this informative and thought-provoking tour as you wander through its iconic historic precincts.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour

The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour

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The Original St Andrews Photo Shoot Tour is a first of its kind professional photo shoot for all visitors to St Andrews and locals. You might be an individual, couple or family wishing to have your St Andrews experience documented, and have a professional photographer capture unique moments in this historic town. I can offer a shorter version of the tour if you cannot spare the 2 hours for the full tour, but the price will remain the same, so to get the best value out of the tour I highly recommend you sign up for the full tour.
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Rebels, Romance & Raisins St. Andrew's Walking Audio Tour

Rebels, Romance & Raisins St. Andrew's Walking Audio Tour

Combine the convenience of a guided tour with the flexibility of independent exploration. This audio tour lets you explore St. Andrews, and learn about its unique history, at your own pace, starting and stopping whenever you choose.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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St Andrews Private Food Walking Tour

St Andrews Private Food Walking Tour

Our food walking tour provides a local person to take you on a leisurely walk through St Andrews that will ensure you have good knowledge to enjoy exploring the town on your own. Not only do you visit some lovely bars and restaurants that you will want to return to but your guide will point out other places to visit once the tour is over.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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What are St. Andrews Castle hours of operation?
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St. Andrews Castle hours of operation: Hours vary by season. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book St. Andrews Castle tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Andrews Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit St. Andrews Castle 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Andrews Castle costs USD 5.20. Guided St. Andrews Castle tours start around USD 5.20 per person.
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