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7 July 2022

Visitors given access to graves of famous golfers at St Andrews Cathedral

An aerial photo of St Andrews Cathedral

Access to the resting places of some of golf’s most famous players has been reinstated at St Andrews Cathedral. Historic Environment Scotland (HES), who manage the site, had put access restrictions in place for essential high level masonry work. 

Following inspection, a route has been opened through the cathedral grounds to provide access to the graves of Old and Young Tom Morris, as well as to the museum and its important treasures, and exhibition.  

The move, which comes ahead of the historic town hosting the 150th Open Golf championship this month, where tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on St Andrews, will see the public again able to visit these important sites, alongside partial access to the Cathedral grounds.  

Some access restrictions will remain in place at the site for the time being for further conservation work, including St Rule’s Tower.  

Stephen Duncan, Director of Marketing and Engagement at HES said; "We are delighted to be able to provide additional access to St Andrews Cathedral, as part of Scotland’s welcome for the Open with the museum and its important treasures reopening after essential restrictions were put in place for high level masonry inspections. 

 “Whilst some access restrictions remain in place for safety reasons, we have also opened access to the graves of Old and Young Tom Morris, amongst some of golf’s most famous sons, which reside within the grounds. 

We know how important it is to be able to offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to visit these sites and have been working across teams to facilitate access in advance of the Open and look forward to welcoming visitors to the cathedral once more." 

The Cathedral will be open 7 days from 10am to 5pm, with last entry to the museum at 4.30pm. For more information and to book tickets visit historyawaits.scot

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