Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in St Andrews, Scotland
St Andrews View slideshowThe small town of St Andrews, situated on the Fife peninsula about 12mi/20km southeast of Dundee, overlooks a long sandy beach. For many sports enthusiasts, St Andrews is the home of golf. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club was founded here in 1754 and since 1897 its members have been recognized internationally as golf's ruling body. Every two years the famous "British Open" championship is held at one of St Andrews' five 18-hole courses (there is one nine-hole course too). The little town also boasts numerous ancient buildings and what is thought to be Scotland's oldest university. The many student bars around College Street and Market Street contribute to the town's lively atmosphere.
Old Golf Course
British Golf Museum
Golfing enthusiasts should not miss the new British Golf Museum (1990), which documents the history of this home of golf from the Middle Ages to the present day. As well as many historic exhibits, the exhibition shows the development of the golf ball, the club, the rules and the techniques. Detailed information is also given on some of the famous championships and golfing celebrities, starting with Tom Morris (father and son), who in the middle of the 19th century both won the "Open" four times, Harry Vardon, six times winner of the "Open" between 1894 and 1914, Lady Margaret Scott who was Ladies Champion three times at the end of the 19th century, not forgetting Peter Thompson and Nick Faldo, names from the recent past who were both winners of the "British Open" on more than one occasion.
Address: Bruce Embankment, St Andrews KY16 9AB, Scotland
St Andrews Festival
In the middle of February a biennial (1997, 1999...) festival of culture with music, drama, cabaret, films and art exhibitions takes place.
Kate Kennedy Procession
Since 1848 at the end of the spring term, students from St Salvator College have participated in the colorful Kate Kennedy Procession.
Sea Life Centre
Only a short distance away from the British Golf Museum in St Andrews, the Sea Life Centre gives a fascinating insight into the underwater world. Attractions include an aquarium, shark pool, seal enclosure and marine laboratory. The beach cafe with its sea view is a good place to conclude the visit.
St Rule's Tower
The tiny church of St Rule with its original chancel and square tower was built for Augustinian monks between 1127 and 1144 by master craftsmen from Yorkshire.
Address: Longmore House, Salisbury Place, Jedburgh TD8 6JQ, Scotland
This annual five-day event takes place in early August and is said to be one of Scotland's oldest medieval markets. Traditional events including market stalls, food and drink stalls, concerts, dances and public functions make up most of the fair's program.
Preservation Trust Museum
A museum documenting local history of St Andrews is situated in former fishermen's houses on North Street.
Address: 12 North Street, St Andrews KY16 9PW, Scotland
St Andrews Castle
Address: The Scores, St Andrews KY16, Scotland
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