10 Must See Places in St Andrews to Visit During The Open

24 Jun 2022

Are you heading through to the 150th Open tournament at St Andrews? Fancy seeing a bit more of St Andrews whilst you are here? We have put together some places that are a must-visit in St Andrews.


1. Botanical garden - St. Andrews

St Andrews Botanic Garden is a beautiful garden in the heart of historic St Andrews, home to 8,000 species of plants and flowers from around the world. Trees and shrubs enclose the garden and inspirational plant displays cover rock and ponds, woodland, and flowerbeds. For families, there is a natural play area and seasonal activity trails. You can spend a full day here admiring the scenery and smells of beautiful flowers. You can catch the 99C from St Andrews bus station. More information available here.


2.St. Andrews Cathedral - St. Andrews

 A ‘must-see’ for visitors to St Andrews, explore the remains of St Andrews Cathedral, which was once the largest church in Scotland. The cathedral’s museum has a great collection of medieval sculptures and artefacts which were found on the site. Make sure to climb St Rule’s Tower (locals call it the square tower) which dates from the 12th century, This Tower gives incredible views across St. Andrews. More information available here.

3.St. Andrews Ghost tours

A unique way to learn about the town’s extraordinary history, St Andrews Ghost Tours will take you around many haunted locations and St Andreans from years ago. The tours take in locations including the Cathedral and round the toon.  “you’ll find no theatrics on these tours – the only ‘jumper ooters’ are the real ghosts!” More information available here.

4. Forgan’s weekly ceilidh

The Forgan’s Ceilidh every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm. Amazing traditional Scottish night. A definite must when in St. Andrews. More info here.


5. St Andrews Castle

A castle full of interesting history, don’t look down windows and even a secret dungeon that is accessible to the public.  St Andrews Castle was a bishop’s palace, a fortress and a state prison during its 450-year history. A great family day out when visiting St Andrews. More info here.

6. St Andrews Aquarium

An underwater adventure and come face to face with amazing fish and mammals at St. Andrews aquarium including sharks, meerkats and seals! You can also get the chance to be up close and personal with animals at great interactive demonstrations they hold every day. If you are feeling peckish, they have a great café with a spectacular view! More information here.

7. St Andrews treasure trail

 Get your eyepatches on and your jolly rogers out! Become a Pirate for the day on a self-guided themed treasure trail! You'll find them on interesting buildings, monuments, plaques and sculptures. Use the clues and find the treasure. More info here.

8. Balgove larder

Fancy eating steak in authentic barn? Absolutely delicious food and great atmosphere. They even have a farm shop and café that serves the best scones and cakes. More info here.


9. Janetta’s Ice Cream

World famous and award-winning ice cream shop! Open until 10pm which is handy to beat the yearly ques throughout summer. The café is also well worth a visit if you like waffles and ice cream! More info available here.


10. St. Andrews Heritage Museum

St Andrews Heritage Museum and Garden is based at 12 North Street and is a charming 17th century house and garden, situated next to St Andrews Cathedral. The Museum and Garden are located in the oldest settlement of St Andrews and is one of the earliest domestic houses in the area. The museum mainly covers St Andrews people around the 1800s. Amazing hidden gem of a museum. Beautiful house and gardens. Must visit in St. Andrews. More info here.