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St Andrews Cathedral

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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...more
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St. Andrews Cathedral The Pends, St. Andrews KY16 9QL, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Andrews Cathedral was built in 1158 and was at the time the largest church (119m long) in Scotland. It was the main church for the medieval Catholic Church and fell into ruin during the Scottish Reformation in the 16th Century when it was pillaged...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Wesley C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of history and character. Many interesting gravestones in a wonderful setting. Not to be missed.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

During a quick stop at St. Andrews Cathedral, we were only able to spend about 10-minutes during our tour, primarily for some photo ops. One can only imagine the beauty of what this used to be, but you will have to use your imagination as...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank TDHSNJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived a bit late in the day and as a result didn't realise till afterwards there was a lot more to see. Though there is an entrance fee this is not obviously & immediately payable, it's tucked away in the middle. As a result...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Martin H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw old and young tom Morris' graves. Standing in the cemetery you get a real feel for the fact that you are in a very old Scottish town

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Naples77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing cathedral full of historical stories. The information provided as you walk around is free and accessible. If you are able take the time to get a token and walk the 160 steps to the top of the tower, the view is well...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank L7373IRpaulc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful cathedral ruins. It also has a museum ,shop and cafe. Three of our party went up the tower to the top! Not for the unfit ! There was a lot of spiral steps to the top .probably over 500 ! Well worth it for...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank geejay3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and grounds are worth 30-60 minutes of your time if you are visiting the town. As with many similar buildings, a gentle peace descends on you as you walk around them. The grounds were fairly busy on the day...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank John5550
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were blessed by beautiful weather when we visited in mid-May and spent a good couple of hours wandering around the old tombstones, noting with surprise how many families had travelled as far afield as India and Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries The...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jill M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The ruins of the cathedral, while historic, leave a bit for the imagination. The highlight here is definitely Old Tom Morris’ grave, but the other headstones scattered across the grounds each seem to tell a story of their own. I recommend spending some time walking...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Jodie L
June 15, 2016|
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Response from Alimar84 | Reviewed this property |
St Andrews Castle and Cathedral are both open on Sundays The summer opening hours are 9:30 - 5:30 Monday to Sunday. (last entry 5pm)
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nd5083
April 22, 2016|
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Late answer for other future visitors: about an hour should be fine. This includes checking the grounds and climbing the tower. The Castle is within 5 minutes walk, right next to a beach.
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Marion P
June 11, 2015|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry. Entry to St Andrews Cathedral is as follows: Adult £4.50, Child £2.70 and Concession £3.60. This includes access to St Rule's Tower. Please note that in high winds the tower may be closed... More
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