Tantallon Castle

East Lothian, Scotland

City/Town/Village: North Berwick
District: East Lothian
County: East Lothian
Latitude/Longitude: 56.0564, -2.65048

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Tantallon Castle is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:

Circa 1350. Castle now in ruins, formed of 3 towers in red
sandstone, linked by thick defensive curtain wall over 15
metres high. Later work of circa 1400 and in greenish stone
after 1528. Sited on promontory enclosing close within.
MID TOWER: 5-storey. Gatehouse at ground with lodgings above.
Vaulted entrance passage. Corbelled angle turrets with
machicolations. Fore tower added 1556 after siege of 1528
with rounded angles and round arched doorway. Fragmentary
remains of barbican by the fosse. Canopied fireplaces to
upper stages within. Wide-mouthed gun loops to the Fore
Tower.
DOUGLAS TOWER: fragmentary remains of former circular tower.
Formerly 6-storeys above vaulted basement with pit prison.
EAST TOWER: D-plan. Single rooms on 5 storeys, fed by spiral
stair to N. S wall mostly disappeared.
HALL BLOCK: within the close to N. Formerly housing
banqueting rooms. Evidence of pitched roof visible on Douglas
Tower. Hall extended E with remains of 3 vaulted service
rooms extant.
Some mural chambers and stairways remaining in curtain wall.
Pentice roof adjoined curtain wall at close side. Well 32
metres deep, sited by Mid Tower excavated in late 19th
century.

Information from British Listed Buildings


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