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Special arrangements are currently in place at St Andrews Cathedral, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated. Last updated: 28 July 2020.

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

Watch our video on what to expect when you visit our sites

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email ticketing@hes.scot and quote your order number.

Parking

On-street parking is available nearby. Visitors can be dropped off in front of the war memorial at the top of North Street.

Approach to site

There are three entrances into the cathedral area.

The southern North Street entrance (main gate) leads to 10 steps down to a compacted gravel area that leads to a level grassed area.

The other entrance gate is situated next to the war memorial at the top of North Street. The memorial gate gives level access to a compacted gravel path which leads down the length of the site.

The gravel path eventually connects to Gregory Place gate in the northern perimeter wall. This third gate allows access to the coastal page to the site up two stone steps. Thereafter access is over grass through the graveyard and around the site ruins.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Visitors' dogs are not permitted at St Andrews Cathedral. 

What will be open during your visit

  • Cathedral ruins
  • Museum (within the visitor centre)
  • Shop

What will be closed/unavailable during your visit

  • Toilets
  • St Rule's Tower

Visiting the site

Physical distancing measures will be in place at the cathedral. Please follow signage wherever indicated.

  • The visitor centre is accessed over cut grass and a 100m area with narrow strips of concrete at the entrance
  • There is level access to the two main rooms of the museum via two ramps. One of the ramps is situated near the entrance of the visitor centre. The other ramp is situated on the other side of the building and is opened by a steward when requested. There are four steps to access the shop and a further five steps to access the third smaller room of the museum. Light levels are low in parts of the museum
  • The cathedral grounds are mainly on ground level though there are numerous steps and raised thresholds. There are many gravestones and other trip hazards surrounding the main walkways
  • St Rule’s Tower will remain closed for now
  • There are benches outside around the site

Toilets

The toilets will not be available at this time.

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Opening times

1-31 Oct:
Daily, 10am to 4pm

Advance booking required.

Winter opening times to be confirmed.

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