A “must-see” for every visitor to St Andrews, the Cathedral’s ruins are truly spectacular – but they can only hint at the vast grandeur of what was once the largest church in Scotland. The thousands of medieval pilgrims who travelled on foot to St Andrews must have regarded the 11th and 12th Century structure with absolute awe. In fact, no more massive building was to be constructed in Scotland for a further 600 years!
A ticket for the Cathedral (purchased at the visitor centre within the grounds) allows access to the whole site, including the Cathedral’s museum (which has a collection of medieval sculptures), and St Rule’s Tower. A climb to the top of this prominent structure rewards visitors with magnificent vistas of St Andrews and the surrounding Fife countryside.
Visit the Historic Environment Scotland website for more information about visiting hours and ticket prices. A combined ticket for the Cathedral and nearby St Andrews Castle is a great way to enjoy two great sites AND save money!
Many notable people from St Andrews' past are buried within the the grounds of the Cathedral, including legendary golfers 'Old Tom' Morris, his son 'Young Tom' Morris (buried side-by-side as pictured left), and Open Champion Allan Robertson.
It is said that the Cathedral ruins are haunted by both a ghostly monk and a 'white lady'. You can read more about these spooky apparitions in this article.
Find out more about St Andrews at the town's official visitor website, visitstandrews.com. Thank you to Spencer Bentley for the main photo on this page.
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