St Andrews is the spiritual home to golfers everywhere and over the years the famed Old Course has played host to the world's best players at many different championships. The town boasts several fine courses, two of which are open to the public so every golfer, regardless of experience can savour the unique atmosphere of playing here.
But St Andrews is renowned for more than the game it gave to the world and evidence of its long and at times turbulent history can be seen everywhere. It is an ancient seat of learning, being home to Scotland's first university. Founded in 1412, the elegant, ivy-clad buildings and delightful quadrangles and gardens have seen a procession of famous graduates. For centuries St Andrews was also at the centre of the religious life of the nation and its now ruined cathedral was once the largest in the country. At the adjacent church of St Regulus, you can climb the spiral staircase to the top of an 108-foot tower for magnificent views of the town and its surroundings. St Andrews Castle, perched on its promintory overlooking the sea, was the dramatic stage for several of the most notorious episodes of the Reformation.
St Andrews Cathedral
The remains of the largest cathedral in Scotland, and of the associated domestic ranges of the priory. The precinct walls are particularly well preserved.
The Cathedral Museum houses an outstanding collection of early and later medieval sculpture and other relics found on the site, including the magnificent St Andrews Sarcophagus of Pictish date. St Rule's Tower, in the precinct, is part of the first church of the Augustinian canons at St Andrews built in the early 12th century. There are splendid views from the top.
St Andrews Botanic Gardens
St Andrews Botanic Garden extends to 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and glass houses. The design and wide range of plants has won acclaim and recognition world wide.
For more information visit the The St Andrews Botanic Gardens official website .
St Andrews Castle
The ruins of the castle of the Archbishops of St Andrews, dating in part from the 13th century. Notable features include 'bottle-dungeon' and mine and counter-mine tunnelled during the siege that followed the murder of Cardinal Beaton in 1546. These siege works are the finest of their kind in Europe.
A fascinating exhibition in the visitor centre brings the history of the castle and cathedral to life.
For more information visit the The St Andrews Castle official website .
St Andrews Aquarium
TA voyage through the wonderful world of the sea and its inhabitants, including sharks, seahorses, marine tropicals and our lovable resident seals. Beach restaurant and bar and gift shop.
For more information visit the The St Andrews Aquarium official website .
British Golf Museum
The British Golf Museum traces the history of golf, in both Britain and abroad, from the middle ages through to the present day. It looks at all aspects of the game from the history of the rules through to its Royal connections, from the earliest references to the players who make golf what it is today. Using interesting and informative text panels coupled with an unsurpassed collection of memorabilia, golf's fascinating story is revealed in a stimulating and refreshing way.
The 18th Hole. This new gallery looks at Golfing Equipment and provides a more hands-on approach to the museum. The main attraction is a specially-designed putting green, equipped with hand-made replicas of some of the clubs and balls in the Museum's collection. Just image, you could be Bobby Jones with his famous "Calamity Jane" putter.
For more information visit the The British Golf Museum official website .
Here we are giving you just some few ideas but in the Visit Scotland web site site you can find a complete list of all that St Andrews can offer.