St Andrews Cathedral

The Pends, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9QL

01334 472 563


Explore the remains of Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church. Even in its ruinous state, the cathedral remains a prominent landmark highly visible from the sea.

What to see and do

  • Find out how the cathedral dominated Scottish religion until 1560, as headquarters of the medieval Scottish Church
  • Marvel at its scale – the cathedral was the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops (and, from 1472, archbishops)
  • Learn about the site used for worship since at least the 700s, when St Andrew’s relics are said to have been brought here
  • Get up close to Scotland’s most complete and imposing enclosure walls, encircling the cathedral precinct
  • View early and later medieval sculpture and other relics found on the site in the cathedral museum
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the cathedral. 
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Opening times

Please note that St Rule's Tower is currently closed.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 5.30pm
Last entry 4.45pm

1 Oct to 31 March:

Fri to Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
The cathedral, St Rule's Tower, visitor centre, museum, and toilets are open

Mon to Thur, 11am to 3pm.
The cathedral grounds are open. There is no access to the visitor centre, St Rule's Tower, museum or toilets during this time.

The museum is closed for lunch 12.30pm to 1.30pm, but the grounds will still be accessible.

We recommend booking online in advance to guarantee entry.


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