St Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Castle
With dramatic coastline views, the castle is mainly in ruins, but the site itself is evocative. It was founded around 1200 as the...
This theatre company started life in a converted cow byre in the 1930s, and now occupies a flashy premises making clever use of light...
B Jannetta is a St Andrews institution, offering 52 varieties of ice cream, from the weird (Irn-Bru sorbet) to the decadent...
The Pends · interesting places nearby
St Andrews Cathedral information
The ruins of this cathedral are all that's left of one of Britain's most magnificent medieval buildings. You can appreciate the scale and majesty of the edifice from the small sections that remain standing. Although founded in 1160, it was not consecrated until 1318, but stood as the focus of this important pilgrimage centre until 1559, when it was pillaged during the Reformation.
St Andrew's supposed bones lie under the altar; until the cathedral was built, they had been enshrined in the nearby Church of St Regulus (Rule). All that remains of this church is St Rule's Tower , worth the climb for the view across St Andrews. There's also a museum with a collection of Celtic crosses and gravestones found on the site. The entrance fee only applies for the tower and museum; you can wander freely around the atmospheric ruins, a fine picnic spot.