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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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fantastic historic castle

visited 9 february 2018 on a perfect winters day - sun was bright and blue skies. being on the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
firstnowtsoqueer
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Nice castle

It was windy but they sell coffee at the ticket office/gift shop. Interesting castle with good... read more

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Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison. The castle was home to the powerful Red Douglas dynasty, which often clashed with the Crown. It was besieged by both James IV and James V but was ultimately destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in a siege of 1651. Many artefacts are displayed to help tell its dramatic stories.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

visited 9 february 2018 on a perfect winters day - sun was bright and blue skies. being on the coast it was very very cold especially right at the top. the views are fantastic - bass rock, berwick law, sea, fife and the gorgeous walls....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was windy but they sell coffee at the ticket office/gift shop. Interesting castle with good climbs up to the top which gives a great view of the surrounding area

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a humdinger of a castle sitting atop a promontory with stunning views across to the small islands off the coast. In the winter low light the stone glowed gold and the sea a deep blue. It pleased the senses. The castle itself until...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

This castle sits on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Firth of Forth. Lots of things to explore and good for dog walking

1  Thank Stephen N
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

Of all the castles throughout Scotland we have visited this is our favourite! Some of the stairs are a little bit treacherous so be careful if you have little ones. You are free to explore the majority of what is left which is the highlight...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful location with stunning views of the North Sea and Fife, well worth a visit for the views alone.

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

A very windy cold day to visit the castle. However, the weather seemed to make it more authentic and question how people could live in such an exposed and weather torn place. The castle is well preserved and useful information boards helped us to visualise...More

1  Thank Mhari M
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

Most impressed by this castle. Plenty to explore including a dungeon and various views from the top of the castle. Very close to North Berwick with wonderful sea views.

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This has to be one of Scotland's most striking castle ruins as it boasts breath taking views. The day we visited it was bright, cold and extremely windy which made the whole experience even better. The grounds are perfectly kept and the history of the...More

3  Thank Mark A
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Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

our second visit would highly recommend Very interesting and cultural monument with fabulous see views of bass rock

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BoldAl
9 September 2017|
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Response from rhonwen h | Reviewed this property |
I think it is free for members. No need to book, just show up. It's worth going to.
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Who k D
26 July 2017|
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Response from CC C | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of steep stairs inside the ruins. You could probably access most of the grounds around the castle (beautiful view) but it's a fair distance from the car park and you would be not able to see much in the... More
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freq_flyers
9 July 2017|
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Response from Neil L | Reviewed this property |
They would need close supervision in the castle, as it has steep drops, behind fences, and steep stairs. It's a consequence of the design and purpose of a castle.
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