The landscape of st andrews is dominated by the cathedral on the far end of the town. The beautiful ruins are stunning by day and are lit up by night, making a romantic setting or a historic walk. The grounds are walled and large cemetry are fascinating. There are large grassy areas which are filled with tourists and students all year round, athough especially in the summer when revision in the sun is a priority. There are tours of the cathedral grounds and St. Rule's tower, from where you can see the whole of the town and out to sea. Absolutely beautiful.
The steps up to the tower were quite interesting - warning - if you are claustrophobic, you probably want to steer clear of the climb. As Derrick D. wrote, it is a "confined spiral staircase". Once you get to the top, the view is very nice, but in June, it was still too cold to stay up there for too long.
Walking the grounds is free of charge... however they charge 4.75 to go up the tower as well as view all the stones they have on display in the museum. Not quite worth it I'd say, unless you have an explorer pass You do get a beautiful view of the area of the top, however it is a medieval tower so the trek up is very VERY tiring. High steps in a confined spiral staircase.
We visited St Andrews last week and we were stunned by the Cathedral it is a stunning place to visit.
Anyone interested in religion, history, genealogy etc would just love this place and even if you are not you will love it anyway.
A very interesting ruin of what must have been a magnificient cathedral back in the day. Well worth a visit is St Rule's tower, from which, given clear weather, you have a stunning view of the town and the coastline. The visitor centre is also of interest to people wanting to explore the history of the place in depth. Admission to the general ruins for a walk around the walls and graveyards is free. Students wearing their red undergraduate gowns gain free admission to the visitor centre as well - you may spot one or two of them about! Make sure to also have a look at St Andrews castle, which is located only about 200m away (you may be able to buy a joint admission pass to both attractions.)
The beautiful ruins of St Andrews Cathedral dominate the town. The Cathedral is open to the public and for a small fee you can go on a guided tour and climb the tower for a great view over the city. A must see on a trip to St Andrews.
You can see the ruined cathedral as you approach St. Andrews, its hauntingly ragged silhouette dominating the skyline. A beautiful cathedral, steeped in history with its own museum. Lovely to sit in the grounds on a summer's day and relax, or if you have a head for heights, climb up St Rules tower for a stunning view of St. Andrews from the top. Hold onto your hats though, it's windy up there!
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