St Andrews Cathedral
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Shop, museum and toilets are now open, St Rule's tower remains closed. Access by memorial gate entrance only. The remains of St Andrews Cathedral, which was Scotland’s largest cathedral and most magnificent church, show how impressive it used to be. The museum houses an outstanding collection of early and later medieval sculptures and other relics found on the site, including the magnificent St Andrews Sarcophagus of Pictish date. The precinct walls are particularly well preserved. St Rule's Tower, in the precinct, is part of the first church of the Augustinian canons at St Andrews built in the early 12th century. There are splendid views from the top.
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Margo R
4 contributions
Oct 2022
Lovely historical and beautiful architecture! It's such a shame about all the barriers and fences up but still a wonderful sight to see!
Written 25 October 2022
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Turkey7,035 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The ruined cathedral sets an impressive sight against the open skies. Lots of building work going on with assorted barriers & scaffolding which was a shame.
Written 7 October 2022
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Sue B
7 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
It was good to see the scale of the place, but the atmosphere was spoilt due to the numerous barricades and builders barriers. I understand that the ruins are in a bit of a sorry state and safety is paramount, but to put so many graves and monuments behind barriers because they are "unstable" seemed to be extreme risk aversion!
Written 25 September 2022
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Thanks for your review, and apologies for any disappointment caused by current restrictions at the cathedral. As you may know, the current restrictions were put in place following some sample surveys which we conducted last year. These surveys identified potentially concerning masonry at high level, and the access restrictions were put in place to ensure that visitors and staff were not exposed to any risks. Winter weather meant we had to pause this inspection work, but we used that time to plan and prioritise a programme of inspections, which began this May, as well as to develop and carry out specialist training for our staff who are performing the inspections. Sites where access restrictions are having a significant adverse community and economic impact, such as St Andrews Cathedral, are being prioritised this year. You can find more information on the prioritisation of our planned inspections here: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/inspection-programme-underway-to-assess-scotlands-national-heritage-assets/ Our aim is to provide as much public access as safely as possible to our sites. As the project progresses, we will look for ways to safely allow at least partial access to our sites. If it becomes possible to safely open the cathedral, we will update this on our website. Full details of what parts of St Andrews Cathedral will remain closed, and what is open will be kept up to date on our website. We are sorry for any disappointment the closure of the cathedral has caused, and are working hard to make sure that it is safe to re-open for the public and our staff. Thanks again for your feedback.
Written 27 September 2022
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Elaine C
Knutsford, UK27 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Wonderful to see the cathedral open once again following months of closure due to maintenance work. It really is a special place and should be visited
Written 19 August 2022
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WHY
6 contributions
Aug 2022
Only by walking through the ruins of this once great cathedral can you get an idea of how large it was. The museum exhibits go from stones of the Picts to Post Reformation and are well described. It is worth paying the entry charge for this.
Written 4 August 2022
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JHNB1
Cambridge, UK224 contributions
Jul 2022
The odd ruins project very deconstructive architecture. It sort of works as a tourist attraction. Why did they not rebuild as its a spectacular location views over the sea.
Written 2 August 2022
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kb1216
Princeton, NJ11 contributions
Jul 2022
Absolutely insane to behold this place which was once the seat of religious power in Scotland - reduced to rubble by its own people. Stunning setting against the sea.
Written 10 July 2022
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Aint_Life_Great
Huntsville, AL527 contributions
Apr 2022
It's currently barricaded due to safety concerns. We still got a decent view from behind the barriers. Would have loved to wander around the ruins. St. Andrews was very busy when we were there in April, so it was a bit of a struggle finding a parking spot. Easy walk over to the Castle as well, but it was also closed when we were there.
Written 22 June 2022
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Jack H
Bonita Springs, FL342 contributions
Jun 2022
One can only imagine what this Cathedral was once like. In it's day it must have been an amazing site to behold.
Written 13 June 2022
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Colo_Traveler05
Littleton, Colorado214 contributions
Apr 2022
It is currently closed but it's so large that you can still see it over the fences. It's a shame that it has been deconstructed and allowed to disintegrate over time. You can still get a feeling of the grand scale of the cathedral. It must have been breathtaking.
Written 10 May 2022
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