As the Google Street view shows the Castle is located on a cliff top on the North side of St Andrews. It is a semi ruin of a courtyard castle with an attachwed visitor centre. In the past it has served as a residence for Bishops and Archbishops, as a palace, fortress and prison.
Dating fron the year 1200 the castle has been built and rebuilt over the years. The existing ruin dates from the rebuilding undertaken by Archbishop John Hamilton in 1571. Below the Castle there area Mine and Counter-mine . These unique underground passages give visitors a true feeling of the horrific nature of medieval siege warfare. Of note is the Bottle Dungeon, one of the most infamous castle prisons in medieval Britain, cut out of the solid rock.