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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. To visit St Andrews Cathedral and other attractions in St. Andrews, use our St. Andrews vacation planner.
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  • fascinating place to visit for the history alone, we went when it was blowing a gale but in summer it would be even better 
  • Stage pretty much obliged if you switch from St Andrews. The Cathedral is located in this small town on the coast, the place is really fascinating and beautiful!
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  • Lovely place to visit summer or winter. This is my 2nd visit and I enjoyed it just as much. Good signage and history boards. 
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  • We had a day to kill and realised that you can climb the tower. We had to pay to enter the museum to climb the tower. The museum itself is fairly small, and is recovered sections of masonry from the cathedral grounds. All in all it is a little dull. The grounds are free to wander and you don't have to pay to do so. The tower, is a hard climb, but the views are simply amazing! - Recommend you do this on a clear day as you can see for miles! It is a hard climb, and I should imagine if busy, almost impossible as the stairs are very narrow, steep and passing would be very difficult. We spent about half an hour in total in the museum and doing the tower. We had previously spent a while wandering the grounds, so for the price, we found it to be quite expensive.
  • 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.
  • Such a vast site it's hard to imagine such an impressive building being destroyed. Walking round the ruins you really get a sense of the size of what would have been interior. Worth the visit along with the castle ruins. Arbroath Abbey further along the coast are also ruins worth a trip.
  • Of the sites to see in St. Andrews, this one is a must. Free to get in and look around, and still quite stunning for ruins.
  • 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.