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St Andrews Cathedral

St Andrews

KY16 9QL




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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.

St Andrews Cathedral dominated the history of the medieval church in Scotland from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560. Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church, the cathedral was the seat of Scotland’s leading bishops (and from 1472 archbishops). It occupied a site used for worship since the 8th century AD, when the relics of St Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, are said to have been brought here.

This location is part of our Augmented Reality trail In the Footsteps of Kings. Download the App and follow Jess the Jester on a Fife adventure around some of our historic sites.

Please be aware there are a number of access restrictions in place at the cathedral at the moment. We know that this will be disappointing for visitors, but we are maintaining access where we can.

Due to essential maintenance, St Rule's Tower and the Museum are currently closed and sections of the graveyard are fenced off due to unstable gravestones.

Opening times

29 Mar to 30 Sep: daily

9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 4.45pm) 


1 Oct to 28 Mar: daily

10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)


The grounds of the cathedral are open and are accessible free of charge. Currently walk-up only. 

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