St Andrews Cathedral was Scotland’s largest cathedral. Although it is now in ruins, the whole place is still impressive to see. The sheer size of the place is humbling. On the grounds of the cathedral, there is now a museum. It is home to an amazing collection of medieval sculpture. There are also a number of relics that have been found in the ruins. Among these relics as St Andrews sarcophagus, which dates back to the time of the Picts.
If you are up for the climb, then you should take the time to scale the 33m tall tower. St Rule’s Towers rewards you with stunning views across the town and into the surrounding countryside, as well as a birds-eye view of the cathedral grounds.
Complete the quiz. You can pick up a fact-finding quiz on site. Make sure you learn all there is to know during your visit by completing the questions as you go.
Learn about the history of religion in Scotland and the large part that the cathedral played. The cathedral site is thought to have been used as a place of worships since around the 700s.
Walk the most compete remaining enclosure walls in Scotland. The walls circle around the cathedral precinct and surround St Rule’s Tower. They are one of the best examples of this style of architecture left standing in the country.
In summer, April to September, the cathedral opens every day. Doors open at 9.30 am and close at 5.30 pm. The rest of the year the door open from 10 am until 4 pm. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing, however, given the size of the site you should plan for a longer visit if you want to see everything.
Tickets for adults cost £6. Children’s tickers are £3.60. Under 5s are free of charge. There is a joint ticket available which may be of interest if you are planning to visit St Andrews Castle as well. This will save you some money on the cost of entry to both.