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St. Andrew's Cathedral

Enjoy views of the city and sea from the top of a tower that rises from these impressive church remains.

St. Andrews Cathedral is a site of inspiring medieval ruins from the 12th century. The structure was and remains the tallest church ever built in Scotland. Today, it has a museum with an excellent collection of medieval sculptures and artifacts from the cathedral. Marvel at the enormous wall that survived many centuries and hovers over a cemetery.

Gaze up at the historic St. Rule’s Tower, which predates the cathedral and reaches a height of 108 feet (33 meters). Climb to the peak of the tower for commanding views of the Fife countryside and the North Sea. Spot some of your favorite sites in the city, including the castle and the university. The tower, which is built from sandstone ashlar, is so tall that it is visible from across the city.

Peruse the fascinating relics from the cathedral in the museum. The highlight is the Pictish St. Andrews Sarcophagus, a tomb from the 8th century. Marvel at its intricate details portraying a hunter about to slay a lion. Note the intriguing displays in the visitor center, which has medieval stone carvings.

Stroll through the cemetery and see the gravestones of generations from many centuries ago. See the preserved monastic walls enclosing the site.

Browse the souvenirs and cathedral-themed items in the gift shop. Walk around the picturesque area with your family and visit the beach.

For many centuries, the cathedral was among the most important in Scottish Christianity. Learn how the tall tower attracted pilgrims from across the country and farther afield.

The ruins are open to visits daily year-round from morning until late afternoon. There is an admission fee, with a discount for children. Purchase a combination ticket that includes St. Andrews Castle.

St. Andrews Cathedral is just west of the Kinness Burn River in the central part of the city. Visit the nearby highlights, such as the University of St. Andrews and St. Andrews Castle.


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Fairmont St Andrews $162
Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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Fairmont St Andrews

Fairmont St Andrews

Fife, St. Andrews, Scotland
     
    4.5 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    WiFi basically only worked while sitting in the lobby.

    Kinnettles Hotel and Spa $239
    Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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    Kinnettles Hotel and Spa

    Kinnettles Hotel and Spa

    127 North Street, St. Andrews, Scotland
       
      4.8 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Room was lovely, staff pleasant However booking was under my middle name so couldn't be found under Thom. They sent a welcoming email which was incredibly long with poor English and spelling. I replied asking for an early checkin but had to phone the hotel to get this.

      Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews $181
      Reviewed on May 6, 2019
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      Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

      Hotel du Vin & Bistro St. Andrews

      40 The Scores, St. Andrews, Scotland
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Love the location, atmosphere and staff. Fabulous choice for a stay in St Andrews.

        The Albany Hotel St Andrews $136
        Reviewed on May 28, 2019
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        The Albany Hotel St Andrews

        The Albany Hotel St Andrews

        56 North Street, St. Andrews, Scotland
           
          4.4 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff were very welcoming and it made for a great experience. The location is perfect, close to everything. The hotel is definitely older than most I have stayed in and the rooms and bathrooms are very small, but still very comfortable. Even though the sound in the hotel travels as the doors ...

          Best Western Scores Hotel $226
          Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
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          Best Western Scores Hotel

          Best Western Scores Hotel

          76 The Scores, St. Andrews, Scotland
             
            4.2 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Junior suite with sea view room was fantastic. Will definitely book again. Room only basis suited us and gave us the freedom to choose meals. Staff very friendly and helpful.

            Greyfriars Inn by Greene King Inns $138
            Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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            Greyfriars Inn by Greene King Inns

            Greyfriars Inn by Greene King Inns

            129 North Street, St. Andrews, Scotland
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in a great area. Walkable to everything in town. Meals in the restaurant/pub downstairs were very good. A bit noisy in the morning with traffic but overall we enjoyed our stay.

              23 North Street, St.andrews
              23 North Street, St.andrews

              23 North Street, St.andrews

              23 North Street, St. Andrews, Scotland
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in St. Andrews, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Garden and University of St. Andrews. St. Andrews Links is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.

                23 North Street
                23 North Street

                23 North Street

                23 North StreetSaint Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in St. Andrews, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of St. Andrews Preservation Trust Museum and Garden and University of St. Andrews. St. Andrews Links is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away.