Things to do
DISCOVER ST ANDREWS AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS
Set out and explore from Fairmont St Andrews, whether you are here for a quick visit, long weekend or family holiday.
British Golf Museum
Visit this living shrine to golfing, following the game from its days of inception to modern times. The perfect activity while on a golf break.
Craigtoun Country Park
With its adventure playground, miniature railway, trampolines and bouncy castle for children, it’s the ideal family day out. For adults, the formal gardens, conservatories and Bowling Green offer a haven of peace at this country park which is part of the Mount Melville House estate.
Open April to September.
The Fife Coastal Path
The Fife Coastal Path, which was completed in 2002, runs from Culross right through to St Andrews and on to the Tay Bridge. The path, which has 7 different sections, offers exceptional views of Scotland's majestic coast. Each section features numerous points of interest along the way.
Preservation Trust Museum
Founded in 1937, the Trust's mandate is to preserve the buildings, character and history of St Andrews for future generations. The Trust Museum, provides detailed information on the history of St Andrews and is open daily from 2pm to 5pm
St Andrews Aquarium
The aquarium offers 30 exhibition tanks housing hundreds of species from sharks to seahorses, lobsters to lionfish, poison dart frogs to piranhas and the perennial favourite seals. Open all year round.
St Andrews Botanic Garden
Described as a hidden gem of Scotland, the Botanic Garden features exotic plants and flowers across 7 hectares. The facility dates back to 1889 and is open to the public between April and October. It is a favoured locale for wedding photos.
St Andrews Castle
The castle, which dates back to 1200, served as the Bishops' Palace for centuries and was the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland. Destroyed during the Reformation, the castle is now in ruins; however, a modern Visitor Centre provides detailed insight into its storied past.
St Andrews Cathedral and St Rule's Tower
Although it is now in ruins, St Andrews Cathedral, which dates back to 1160 is still very impressive. The view from the top of St Rule's Tower is breath-taking, and the visitor centre contains a number of artefacts that help set the history of the site into context.
St Andrews Museum
Opened in 1855 as a private residence, the spectacular Kinburn Castle was converted to a museum in 1991. The museum chronicles St Andrews life from Medieval Times to present day. It features an extensive collection of archaeological items, archives, social history, coins and medals, music and other interesting artefacts.
Shopping in St Andrews
There are beautiful and unique shops located in the main streets of the city. Hit the cobbled streets and visit South Street, Market Street and North Street - the main streets where you will discover a mix of high quality independent stores, as well as high-street favourites.