Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Fife  /  St. Andrews  /  St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews

4.6
#1 of 383 in Things to do in Fife
Must see · Religious Site · Architectural Building
Though now in ruins, the fragments of what was once Scotland’s largest and most magnificent church demonstrate how imposing St Andrews Cathedral must have been. It occupied a site used for worship since the 8th century, and the relics of St. Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, are said to have been brought here. The Roman Catholic cathedral, constructed in the 12th century, was the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops until the Protestant Reformation. Wander through the grounds and imagine the mighty cathedral as it might have been. Explore the graveyard and check the dates on the ancient headstones dotted around it. Climb St. Rule’s 33 m (108 ft) tower, which would have served as a beacon for pilgrims, and enjoy spectacular views of the cathedral, the town, and the North Sea. Visit the museum to see a collection of medieval sculptures and other relics found on the site. Plan your visit to St Andrews Cathedral and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St. Andrews itinerary tool.
Create an itinerary including St Andrews Cathedral
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tours to St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews Cathedral reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,949 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Not much to see as lots of graves fenced off. Turist info office was closed for lunch Walkable distance from the St andrews castle  more »
  • We visited both the Cathedral and Castle. There are charges to get into the castle grounds via the museum but you can walk the Cathedral grounds free of charge. There is a charge for the Cathedral...  more »
Google
  • Breathtaking ruins of cathedral. I love that place. Good for photos. Do not take umbrella with you. Winds from the sea are incredibly strong. Raincoat is a better option.
  • Beautiful view of the abbey from the beach, clean water, small harbour, rock pools small play area and a very nice snack grilled cheese bar. Watch the yacht club and rows take their boats in the late afternoon into the early evening. Take a walk from the harbour to the far end, via the path or along the beach take a peak into the rock pools.

Plan your trip to St. Andrews

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in St. Andrews

See all ›
©
Golf Course
St Andrews Links
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Distillery
Eden Mill
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Fun & Games
The Scottish Clay Shooting Centre Leuchars
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
©
Castle
St Andrews Castle
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from St. Andrews

©
History Museum
Discovery Point Dundee
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Architectural Building
Scone Palace Perth
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Castle
Glamis Castle Glamis
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
©
Art Museum
V&A Dundee Dundee
2.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in St. Andrews

©
Beach
St Andrews West Sands Beach
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
©
Park
Craigtoun Country Park
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
©
Aquarium
St Andrews Aquarium
3.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Kingsbarns Beach Kingsbarns
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Golf in St. Andrews

©
Golf Course
Kingsbarns Golf Links
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
©
Golf Course
Connoisseur Golf
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
©
Golf Course
The Experience St Andrews
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
©
Golf Course
St Andrews For Golf
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in St. Andrews

©
Garden
St Andrews Botanic Garden
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Distillery
Kingsbarns Distillery and Visitor Centre Kingsbarns
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Educational Site
University of St Andrews
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Specialty Museum
British Golf Museum
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in St. Andrews

©
Bridge
The Swilcan Bridge
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Entertainment Center
The Himalayas Putting Course
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
©
Lesson / Workshop
Kartel Scotland
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Nightlife
St Andrews Ghost Tours
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min