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Tantallon Castle

North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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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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North Berwick EH39 5PN, Scotland
+44 1620 892727
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This sight was a highlight of our weekend in Edinburgh. Gorgeous views out over castle walls and around the grounds.Lots of area to cover and explore and incredibly well maintained while still remaining a ruin. Easy to travel to, even without a car. We took...More

Thank kkdk424
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well maintained ruin, lots of room to explore and reach upper walkways. View of the sea and cliffs is stunning. Throughout the castle are some historical artefacts found and narration about the castle's history and battles taking place in the past. Well worth the visit!

Thank Alex A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a fabulous place to visit. Very friendly staff that was very helpful. Spectacular views and an amazing place if you wanted to pack a picnic. The stairways are quite steep and narrow but well worth the climb for the view. Would highly recommend a...More

Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My family (including 3 boys aged 7-13) visited Tantallon for the first time last week. Our only disappointment was we had not been sooner and we will certainly be back again. The drive to the castle itself is lovely, with some pretty views along the...More

Thank Holly d
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our first visit to the Castle and we had only intended to view from the gates as we had our dogs with us but we discovered they were welcome to so we had a good explore! The views in all directions were stunning...More

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again not disappointed with my visit to Tantallon. Discovered this place many years ago and keep going back. Beautiful weather made the visit even better this time. Views are great across to the Bass Rock and beyond to North Berwick. Took my elderly mother...More

Thank Kim R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited with my wife and 2 children, the staff were friendly, courteous and helpful. The castle treasure hunt quiz is both entertaining and informative. Best advice, take a packed lunch and be prepared for poor weather due to its exposed location.

1  Thank Brian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see if you are anywhere near Edinburgh. We stayed just 2 miles away in North Berwick and we were lucky enough to go here on a beautiful day. The history was great and the added info from the 2 gentlemen in...More

1  Thank messacar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful backdrop of the North Sea/Bass Rock make this castle fabulous. The information boards are well done and the staff were very helpful as well. Area for having a picnic made our visit even more special We were able to see this castle, Dirleton...More

1  Thank lorrainehug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting and attractive ruin on a headland overlooking Bass Rock. A great location for photographs that, with care, can include the castle and Bass Rock in imaginative ways.

1  Thank SeaEagle10
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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.
19 August 2016|
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Response from Pink C | Reviewed this property |
We did a day tour to Tantallon and Dirleton from Edinburgh back in June. That was a full day. We left around 9:30 am and return to Edinburgh around 5 pm. Each castle takes about 2 hours. The view at Tantallon castle is... More
23 June 2016|
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Response from MitchThomas | Reviewed this property |
Best to take the train from Edinburgh to North Berwick ( runs every 30 min-- about a 25 min ride) The castle is 3 miles from North Berwick. We took a taxi and arranged for the same cab to pick us up and take us back to... More