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St Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews

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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 .
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  • On one of our tour days, we rode the bus to St. Andrews. We passed the college and viewed the Sea and saw the shops and such and THEN the ruins of St. Andrews dominated our view and captured our heart...  more »
  • The Cathedral is sensed that it was spectacular, but just qdan remains of it. The part of the cemetery is quite interesting and the views from the Tower allow you to view all over the city and the sea.
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  • Fantastic to be able to walk around such an old building and get so close to touch it. Definitely a must see when in St Andrews  more »
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  • Careful with the time you arrive. In October last entry is 15.30, so I was late. What I saw from the outside. Huge cathedral, but only small remains. Really nice view with the tombs and remaining towers
  • St Andrews is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, mostly because of its cathedral. It is very well cared for and free to visit. It does not matter if you visit on a rainy day, all weathers give you a different perspective of this great monument. As you walk in from the main entrance, the first thing you see is a lonely tree framing a landscape of grave stones paving the ground around the cathedral. There are few sights as classically romantic as this one. Should not miss the chance to see it if you are visiting Scotland.
  • During my last days in Scotland I decided to spend weekends travelling, alone, on one of which I visited St Andrews. The Cathedral is an identity of the town of St Andrews and a very beautiful place worth visiting. Although almost in ruins, it still succeeds to impress with the massive structure and huge area it had covered. You don't have to pay to wander around the ruins and the cemetery, but a single ticket is enough for the cathedral museum, St Rules Tower and the St Andrews Castle nearby, worth every penny! Climbing the St Rules Tower through the rock-cut very cozy stairs could be a bit difficult, especially for plumps (I meant fat ;-) ) but indeed would be an amazing experience. What a spectacular view of the town you can have from the top! You'll never regret climbing the tower. The castle nearby is a bit more enjoyable. Museum is also good.
  • On a sunny day, it made for a great place to stroll through. The ruins are majestic, and surprisingly extensive, given how little remains. (Also very well kept; the grounds being highly maintained.) If you're interested in the history of the place, there are informative signs dotted about that offer interesting context and tidbits. Otherwise, it's definitely worth the visit just for the spectacle.
  • Beautiful location, St Andrews is gorgeous. The weather was lovely, seeing the cathedral in the sun is lovely, paired with the views of the sea.
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