Visit St Andrews Castle

Explore these striking ruins set against the rocky coastline of St Andrews! Once the seat of Scotland’s leading Bishops, St Andrews Castle dates all the way back to the middle ages and has been home to some of the most influential figures in the Scottish church. Caught in the turbulent reformation, this castle was the site of the dramatic siege of 1546-7 after Cardinal Beaton was assassinated by Protestant nobles in retaliation to his brutal execution of the Protestant preacher George Wishart. If you want to know more about the castle’s sordid history in the violent power struggle between catholics and protestants, then pick up one of their audio guides.

Where can I lear more about St Andrews' history?

St Andrews Castle played a crucial role in Scotland's history and was once the epicentre of the Scottish church.

Whilst it was initially completed in 1202, the castle suffered significant damage during the wars of independence with England and had to be substantially rebuilt in 1385. Left to ruin after the reformation, much of the castle has long since collapsed into the sea, but what remains is still worth a visit for those interested in St Andrews’ history.

  • Open daily 1 April to 30 September:, 9.30am to 5pm, 1 October to 31 March: 10am to 4pm
  • Toilets (including disabled toilets) onsite
  • No dogs (apart from guide dogs)

The castle itself is temporarily closed due to masonry inspections but the visitor centre is still open.

Things to do near St Andrews

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Visit Jannetta’s Gelateria in St. Andrews

Jannettas in St Andrews in the premier place to eat delicious desserts but more specifically ice cream. On your visit to St Andrews make sure to visit this ice cream shop. It’s perfect to get a ...
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Visit the Ruins of St Andrews Cathedral

Once the largest church in Scotland, what remains of St Andrews Cathedral is impressive even in its ruined state with a remarkable collection of medieval statues and stunning views of the coast and Fife. Wander its ...
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The Fraser Art Gallery in St Andrews

The Fraser Art Gallery is one of Scotland’s oldest privately owned galleries, having first opened its doors 150 years ago. It’s been under the ownership of the Fraser family since day 1, with the family also ...
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Get spooked on a real Ghost Tour of St Andrews

If you are a fan of the supernatural or paranormal activity then is Ghost tours in St Andrews is for you? Would you enjoy tours around the historic and beautiful seaside town St Andrews? – If ...
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Take a Food & Drink Tour of St Andrews

Want to find the best food in St Andrews but don’t know where to start? Book one of Eat Walk’s daily tours and experience the wide range of delicious food this coastal gem has to offer. ...
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Take a Life Drawing or Painting Class in St Andrews

Get creative with one of Jaclyn Stewart’s life drawing classes at Eden Art in St Andrews! Running 8-10 week blocks of life drawing, landscape oil painting, and portraiture, this is a great course to sign up ...
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Enjoy a Bowie themed dining experience at Ziggy’s

Ziggy’s is a dining experience themed and named after pop culture icon David Bowie. The restaurant is named after Bowie’s alien genderbending Rockstar alter-ego Ziggy Stardust who is a character that starred in Bowie’s essential album ...
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Visit the Bell Pettigrew Natural History Museum at St Andrews University

Take a journey through the animal kingdom with the Bell Pettigrew Museum’s incredible collection of skeletons, taxidermy, fossils, insects and more! This lesser known natural history museum is well worth a visit for anyone interested in ...
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Explore the Aquarium in St Andrews

Take a deep breath and get ready to plunge into a day filled with fun and discovery, as you visit St Andrews Aquarium! Visitors can immerse themselves in the magical underwater world on display at the ...
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The Sproson Art Gallery in St Andrews

Sproson Gallery & Framers first opened its doors in 1981, when the shop operated as a bespoke custom picture framing business. Since then, the business has branched out and blossomed into a free art gallery, offering ...
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Visit the World Golf Museum in St Andrews

Discover the origins of golf at the World Golf museum in St Andrews – the birthplace of the sport! This five star attraction is a must-visit for any golfers, fans of the sport or historians. With ...
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British Golf Museum in St Andrews

Interested in learning about the history of Scotland’s beloved game while also taking in the incredible ocean view? Come and surround yourself with the beautiful sights of St Andrews, uncovering the heritage of Golf and learning ...
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What's on in St Andrews

RSCDS Summer School

8 - 14 August, 2022
A month-long dance school with classes taking place at the beautiful and historic University of St Andrews.

St Andrews Town Walking Tour

7 - 20 August, 2022
A leisurely walking tour through the historic town of St Andrew's.

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

7 - 7 August, 2022
Musical double act Phil and Aly bring together a feast of musical talent and witty banter.

Quiet Opening

7 - 18 August, 2022
Drop into the Wardlaw Museum for a Quiet Opening. Free from the hustle and bustle of a general visit, with adjusted operations, our Quiet Openings are designed for visitors who would prefer a quieter visit to the museum.

The Bush by Alice Mary Cooper

7 - 8 August, 2022
L20 artist Alice Mary Cooper’s new play The Bush is set against the Kelly’s Bush Green Ban of the 1970s and early 80s. This incredible story celebrates thirteen ‘genteel housewives’ of New South Wales who, together with the Builders Labourer’s Federation campaigned to save their last remaining local park from being developed into Luxury Housing and in doing so started a nationwide movement of Green Bans protecting community land and environments across Australia.

Planet Botanic Holiday Club

8 - 12 August, 2022
Our Holiday Club provides a great space for kids to get active and enjoy nature-based learning during the school holidays. We have lots of exciting activities planned, including planting, pond dipping, wildlife walks, fruit picking and campfires! The club will run from Monday to Friday for 6 weeks of the school holidays, from the week beginning Monday 4th July until the week beginning Monday 8th August. Book for as few or as many days as suits your family! Drop off will be at 9:30am and pick up is at 3:30pm. Costs will be £35 per day and our club is suitable for kids aged 6-12. For more information, or for a booking form, please get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Pilates in the Botanics

10 - 17 August, 2022
The class will be held in our stretch tent, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the garden while working on good alignment, core strength and feel-good breathing exercises. Our Pilates class is suitable for complete beginners or anyone with experience wishing to return to Pilates exercise. Classes can be booked monthly and will cost £36 for a block of 4 sessions. Pre-payment is essential - please get in touch with our Gatehouse Team to secure your space.

The Pirates of Penzance at The Walled Garden, Strathtyrum

12 - 12 August, 2022
Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 - and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long?   With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, The Pirates of Penzance is as fresh as if it had been written today. It is packed-full of memorable songs such as To be a Pirate King!, Modern Major General and A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One.   _Running time (approx): 2hrs 10mins (including 20 minute interval)_ Please bring your own seating/rug, suitable clothing and a picnic.

Mohsin Hamid on ‘The Last White Man’

12 - 12 August, 2022
A glorious summer of literary treats awaits and the next stellar author to visit us will be Mohsin Hamid! We are really excited that the internationally best-selling author of _Exit West_ and _The Reluctant Fundamentalist_ can join us in St Andrews for his latest novel _The Last White Man_. One morning, Anders wakes to find that his skin has turned dark, his reflection a stranger to him. At first he tells only Oona, an old friend, newly a lover. Soon, reports of similar occurrences surface across the land. Some see in the transformations the long-dreaded overturning of an established order, to be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders’s father and Oona’s mother, a sense of profound loss wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance to see one another, face to face, anew. A story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change, _The Last White Man_ is sure to be one of the stand-out novels of the year.

Rose and Thistle Markets

13 - 13 August, 2022
Rose & Thistle Market occurs each month and features a brilliantly talented group of local makers, bakers, and artists. The goal of our markets is to support local makers and charities.

St Andrews Model Railway Exhibition 2022

13 - 13 August, 2022
St Andrews Model Railway Exhibition 2022

The BIG LEGO Build

13 - 13 August, 2022
Calling all LEGO® enthusiasts young and old. Join sculptor and LEGO® enthusiast Alistair Jelks, to find out how to build the different features of St Andrews Castle from battlements to bottle dungeons! Learn about architecture and construction and add what you build to our model version of the castle. Please note: the grassy area we will be running the event on has a slight slope leading down to it.

Steven Moore 2022

13 - 13 August, 2022
Performing on marimba and vibraphone, Steven brings an exciting introduction to the percussive world. His repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music, providing moments of serenity to explosive emotions. No Tickets required. Retiring collection to support Stevens PhD fee's.

Jarvis Cocker on ‘Good Pop, Bad Pop’

19 - 19 August, 2022
We are so excited to welcome none other than PULP frontman, musician and broadcaster, Jarvis Cocker, to St Andrews in celebration of Good Pop, Bad Pop. We are especially delighted to host Jarvis in the newly refurbished and iconic Younger Hall. Jarvis’ attic, like all attics, hosts a random collection of the things that made him – photos, tickets, clothes, souvenirs stuffed in a box, packed in a suitcase, crammed into a drawer. When Jarvis starts clearing out his loft, he finds a jumble of objects that catalogue his story and ask him some awkward questions: Who do you think you are? Are clothes important? Why are there so many pairs of broken glasses up here? From a Gold Star polycotton shirt to a pack of Wrigley’s Extra, from his teenage attempts to write songs to the Sexy Laughs Fantastic Dirty Joke Book, this is the hard evidence of Jarvis’s unique life, PULP, 20th century pop culture, the good times and the mistakes he’d rather forget. And this accumulated debris of a lifetime reveals his creative process – writing and musicianship, performance and ambition, style and stagecraft. This is not a life story. It’s a loft story.