Although relatively small, St Andrews is world-renowned as the place where golf was invented and its prestigious university (which is the third oldest in the English-speaking world). That being said, beyond golf and university is a medieval history that dates back centuries. Best of all, there are heaps of the best things to do in St Andrews dotted all across this cosy little town.
After living in St Andrews for many years, and studying at St Andrews University, I’ve come to appreciate how incredible the town is. It’s one of the best places in Fife to visit for a day trip from Edinburgh or a wider Scottish road trip.
Yes, it might be small but it has so much going for it.
So, to help you get the most out of your time, I’ve jotted down some places to visit that I love. You’ll have an amazing time visiting St Andrews. Have fun!
1.) St Andrews Cathedral
St Andrews Cathedral might be in ruins but it’s one of the oldest buildings in St Andrews. Founded back in 1158, it’s been around for nearly one thousand years.
Just shy of East Sands (on the east of the town), visiting the cathedral is one of the best things to do in St Andrews if you want to explore the region’s Medieval history. You see, this was (and still is) the largest church construction in the history of Scotland.
Without dipping into too much history, during the Reformation, Henry VIII began to split the Church of England from the Roman Catholic faith. This led St Andrews Cathedral to be ransacked and left to ruin in the 1500s.
Now, although the cathedral was left to ruin, there is still quite a bit of the grounds and the walls to see and explore. Once here, make sure to stroll around the Eastern wall and visit St. Rule’s Tower, too.
You’ll spend around 30 minutes exploring the site and it’s never too busy.
Visiting from Edinburgh? Book this St Andrews and Fife village day tour that will take you around some of the prettiest places in Fife. It’s well worth it if you’re short on time and easy as they plan all the transport and timings for you.
2.) St Andrews University
I know, I’m biased after studying at St Andrew’s, but you have to explore some of St Andrew’s historic university buildings. After all, like I said before, it’s the third oldest university in the English-speaking world.
Founded in the 1400s, the university buildings are dotted all around…