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St. AndrewsUnited Kingdom

A youthful student atmosphere pervades this seaside university town. Visit medieval relics that decorate the area.

The coastal town of St. Andrews has some of Scotland’s most historic and fascinating attractions and traditions. Revisit the Middle Ages when you tour its castle, towers and one of the world’s oldest universities.

Enter the town through the surviving gates of West Port and Sea Yett. The former has towers and a central archway with intricate details. For a sense of the local history, visit St. Andrews Castle. Hear intriguing tales about the opposing Catholics and Protestants and delve into the dark underground tunnels built for war. See the Bottle Dungeon that held notorious prisoners, many of whom incurred the death penalty.

Stroll through the St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, at the tallest church ever built in Scotland. Capture photos of St. Rule’s Tower, with a height of 108 feet (33 meters). Climb the structure for views of the sea and countryside.

Entwined with medieval relics is the enthusiasm of youth. Parts of the University of St. Andrews are scattered around town. Watch students in red gowns that denote their year of studies and learn about centuries-old scholarly traditions. Visit St. Salvator’s Quadrangle to appreciate the majestic buildings and chapel in the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Bring the family to St. Andrews Aquarium to see British sharks, poison dart frogs and piranhas. Watch the kids fawn over baby seals and meerkats. The aquarium offers scenic views of St. Andrews Bay, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and West Sands, where the beginning of Chariots of Fire was filmed.

Enjoy walking through the quaint town center in warm summers. Winters are cold but not freezing and snow is fairly rare.

Located in Fife on the country’s eastern coast, St. Andrews is easy to access from Scotland’s largest cities. Fly to Edinburgh Airport and drive 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast to reach the town. Dundee is a 30-minute drive north and Glasgow is 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest.

St. Andrews mixes the youthful exuberance of student life with the historical charm of medieval ruins.

Top hotels in St. Andrews

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Fairmont St Andrews
Fairmont St Andrews
5 out of 5
The price is £254 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

This family-friendly St. Andrews hotel is located by the sea, 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from East Sands, and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Andrews Aquarium and Cambo Estate ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (977 reviews)

"Excellent stay as always, at this beautiful hotel. Lovely room, nice breakfast and courteous staff. We will be back."…"

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2020

Fairmont St Andrews
Rusacks Hotel
Rusacks Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £184 per night from 5 Oct to 6 Oct

Situated in St. Andrews, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Swilken Bridge and Old Course at St Andrews. University of St. Andrews and St. Andrews ...

4.2/5Excellent! (644 reviews)

"Staff and location make this hotel fabulous. From check-in and beyond, the staff just couldn’t do enough for you. We had a small issue which they rectified immediately and were extremely nice about it. The location is super as you can walk everywhere and it was great to park the car (for free in ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Rusacks Hotel
Cleveden House by The Dunvegan
Cleveden House by The Dunvegan
3.5 out of 5
The price is £120 per night from 22 Sep to 23 Sep

Situated in St. Andrews, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Andrews Aquarium, University of St. Andrews and Old Course at St Andrews. St. Andrews Links ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"Very helpful and friendly staff.Lovely breakfast from attentive staff.Comfortable bed and furniture."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Cleveden House by The Dunvegan

Popular places to visit in St. Andrews

University of St. Andrews
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University of St. Andrews

4.5/5(89 reviews)

Stroll through the scenic campus and gaze up at the historic buildings that decorate this prestigious university from the 1400s.

St. Andrews Links
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St. Andrews Links

4.5/5(99 reviews)

Play a few rounds, practice your swing and embark on a walking tour at one of the oldest golf clubs in the world.

Old Course at St Andrews
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Old Course at St Andrews

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Hit the links in St. Andrews at Old Course at St Andrews, a popular golf course. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews
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Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Hit the links in St. Andrews at Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, a popular golf course. Make time to visit the area's spas or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

St. Andrew's Castle
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St. Andrew's Castle

Delve into this castle’s underground siege mines and eerie dungeon then explore the castle surrounds with views of the sea.

Kingsbarns Golf Links
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Kingsbarns Golf Links

Enjoy a round of golf in St. Andrews at Kingsbarns Golf Links. Stroll along the seaside in this relaxing area or visit its lively bars.

Top things to do in St. Andrews

Small-Group St. Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group St. Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Full-Day Tour

£46
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife
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St Andrews and the Fishing Villages of Fife

£49
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
St. Andrews, Fife & Dunfermline Abbey Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup
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St. Andrews, Fife & Dunfermline Abbey Full-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

£40
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

£350
Per adult
St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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St Andrews Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

£450
Per adult
Edinburgh Castle and old Town, Glamis Castle and St Andrews
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Edinburgh Castle and old Town, Glamis Castle and St Andrews

£495
Per adult

Reviews of St. Andrews

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Lot's to do and easy to get to from Edinburgh. lovely beach, lots of history and good dining options. The Aquarium is an excellent family option.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

Prices of wine in the restaurants were outrageous snob value.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Full of Harry Potter rejects and golf knobs but otherwise gorgeous

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

A beautiful small town

5/5 - Excellent

Guy

8 Jan 2020

Lovely location and one of our favourites.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Jan 2020

My most favourite holiday destination in all the world !