St Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Cathedral
4.5
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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 - 4:00 PM
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Please be aware there are a number of access restrictions in place at the cathedral at the moment. We know that this will be disappointing for visitors, but we are maintaining access where we can. Due to essential maintenance, St Rule's Tower is currently closed (anticipated reopening spring 2024). Sections of the graveyard are fenced off due to unstable gravestones. 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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  • Dave C
    Illinois1,544 contributions
    Great ruins and view
    Ruins overlooking the North Sea. Expansive grounds where the cathedral was and graveyard is. There's a small visitor center, yet you can roam around at will. We saw ancient engravings on a tombstone. Some walls are intact; others are gone. To see the best views; there's a tower with 162 steps. It is free if you just wander through
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
    Wonderful ruins to explore
    Really good to visit, located at top of hill with nice views of the harbour. Ruins of cathedral also contains cemetery with both very good to wonder around. Free to walk around ruins, I was there in January so fairly quite with tourist, but could imagine summer time being very different. Certainly one of the top things to do along with see St Andrew’s golf course.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Aparajita Roy
    United Kingdom344 contributions
    Relaxed day
    Relaxed day out.. really liked the walk through the town. Spent time in the cathedral and castle area. The cathedral is having some repairs done at the moment and there are metal fence around for safety.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 August 2023
  • BaronFoer
    Jacksonville, Florida907 contributions
    Quite interesting area.
    Quite interesting, although we did a self tour there was a lot to see. The outline of the church indicates it was very big. Located on a beautiful area of town by the sea. Lots of gravestones but none really old. Most of 1800s.. if you buy an ice cream eat it before you get there cause the sea gulls will attack you for it!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
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Mike
Glossop, UK599 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
At first sight it looks like the whole site is fenced off by a vast array of temporary fencing, but upon closer inspection a number of areas can still be accessed via a circuitous route.
Written 10 February 2024
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Ginny C
Marlborough, MA4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Plenty of time to walk around the town and visit the greens for a little putting. We loved trying to search out all the charity Scotties as well.
Written 26 October 2023
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Amy Marie Borg
United Kingdom36 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
The architecture is wonderful. Only got to see it from a distance, it looked marvellous during sunset.
Written 5 October 2023
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BaronFoer
Jacksonville, FL907 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Quite interesting, although we did a self tour there was a lot to see. The outline of the church indicates it was very big. Located on a beautiful area of town by the sea. Lots of gravestones but none really old. Most of 1800s.. if you buy an ice cream eat it before you get there cause the sea gulls will attack you for it!
Written 1 September 2023
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Aparajita Roy
United Kingdom344 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Relaxed day out.. really liked the walk through the town. Spent time in the cathedral and castle area. The cathedral is having some repairs done at the moment and there are metal fence around for safety.
Written 25 August 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
Really good to visit, located at top of hill with nice views of the harbour.

Ruins of cathedral also contains cemetery with both very good to wonder around.

Free to walk around ruins, I was there in January so fairly quite with tourist, but could imagine summer time being very different.

Certainly one of the top things to do along with see St Andrew’s golf course.
Written 19 July 2023
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Dave C
Illinois1,544 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Ruins overlooking the North Sea. Expansive grounds where the cathedral was and graveyard is. There's a small visitor center, yet you can roam around at will. We saw ancient engravings on a tombstone. Some walls are intact; others are gone. To see the best views; there's a tower with 162 steps. It is free if you just wander through
Written 15 July 2023
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Stephanie H
3 contributions
Jul 2023
Alot of areas are fenced off to keep tourists away from potentially falling stone, but wanderers can still see everything. There is a lot of beautiful stonework in place and great views of the water and the rest of the town.
Written 10 July 2023
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Neil D
Redditch, UK326 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit. Stunning area above harbour. Lots of fencing had been erected due to falling grave stones. You can still get to golf graves
Written 8 July 2023
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Frankie B
4 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautiful, fascinating ruins. So interesting. The only thing that brings it down is all the ugly heras fencing. I understand they can't have buildings or stones falling, but there must be a more sympathetic solution. Even painting the metal railings black would be better.
Written 30 June 2023
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Thanks for your feedback, and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We do appreciate that the fencing detracts from the appearance of our sites, but it’s doing the very important job of keeping our visitors and staff safe. Our priorities are to ensure the sites are safe & to restore access where we can. In some cases we have improved the appearance of fencing (https://blog.historicenvironment.scot/2022/08/fencing-lessons/), but for each site this has to be balanced with the cost of bespoke fencing, practicalities around making it wind-proof (especially in coastal locations such as St Andrews) & the anticipated length of the project. Thanks again for taking the time to leave your feedback which is always appreciated.
Written 13 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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