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St Andrews Cathedral

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Address: The Pends, South Street, St Andrews KY16 9QU, 01334 472563
Operated by: Historic Environment Scotland
Opening Hours: Summer: 1 April to 30 September, Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm 
Winter: 1 October to 31 March, Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm 
Last tickets sold at 5pm (3:30pm in winter)
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January
Admission: Adult £ 5.00, Child £ 3.00, Senior £ 4.00
Combined with Cathedral:
Adult £9.00, Child £5.40, Senior £7.00
Parking: By the Golf museum or in the streets
Languages: English
Accessibility: The Cathedral grounds are accessible, there are 4 steps to the shop and a further 4 steps to the second display of carved stones. St Rule’s Tower is not suitable.
Toilets: Toilets: Yes, also disabled toilets
Shop: Yes
Cafe/Restaurant: No

 

On the site of St Andrews Cathedral, there was originally St Rule's Church, which belonged to a community of Augustinian Canons who had the adjoining building as their living quarters. Nowadays, only the Tower remains, and at 30 meters high, it provides the best panoramic views across St Andrews. 

St Andrews Cathedral was Scotland's largest cathedral. It took nearly 150 years to build and was consecrated in 1318 by Robert the Bruce. An ill-fated building, it suffered damage from fires and storms, but the Religious Reformation of 1559 was the most damaging event of all. Following an anti-Papal sermon by John Knox, his congregation went to the Cathedral and destroyed its symbols of Roman Catholicism. Further attacks led to the Cathedral being closed and the friars expelled. 

Unfortunately the Cathedral then started to fall into ruins, and most of its building material was taken to build other parts of St Andrews. There is not much remaining, so the highlight of your visit will probably be the views from the top of St. Rule's tower and the scary climb up it! To access the tower you need to get a token from the museum and then you have to climb 156 steps up a narrow spiral staircase. You need to be quite fit!

The museum at St Andrews Cathedral is housed in a section of attractive vaulted chambers that were restored in the late 1800's. If you are interested in religious history and art, then you should take time to visit this museum to see the St Andrews Sarcophagus.

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View of St Andrews from top of St Rules tower

St Andrews Cathedral St Rule's Tower view Cathedral Museum

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