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Overview

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.

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.

What to see and do

  • Peer into the bottle dungeon – one of medieval Britain’s most infamous castle prisons
  • Marvel at the Hamilton Façade, an impressive frontage that reflects the wealth and taste of its builder
  • Tour through the castle with our audio guide using your own mobile phone with internet access or one of our devices - included in ticket price
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz
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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

Monument may close for lunch.

Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry.

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