St Andrews Cathedral, St. Andrews
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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. To visit St Andrews Cathedral and other attractions in St. Andrews, use our St. Andrews vacation planner.
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I didn't take the tour, but looked at the ruins from the street and took lots of pictures. Amazing structure. Definitely worth a look.
I didn't pay for the ticket to the museum, just strolled through the gardens which is free. If it's a clear day I would recommend going up in the tower, which you do have to pay for, but you have a lo... read more »
We were there on a rather overcast day, which gave the cathedral an eerie feel. As you enter the grounds you see the parts of the foundation and a major piece of the nave. The cathedral was founded in... read more »
Recently the cathedral itself has been opened to the public free of charge. The ruins of the cathedral themselves are beautiful, and a monument to what they once were. A lovely place. I personally didn't see the visitors centre due to lack of time.
Beautiful ruins, seem to be very well maintained. Entry is free of charge so no reason not to go really.
A great sightseeing place. Totally worth visiting
It is such an awesome ruins...it is well maintained!
Interesting historical site. This used to be one of the great cathedrals in Europe. Unfortunately there's not much left of it, but there is plenty of information here to take in via the informative signs. I recommend buying joint tickets with the castle just a few steps away. Also, make sure to check out the magnificent view from up the tall tower. Coins for entering the tower are available in the musuem shop.
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