Located on the east coast of Fife St Andrews has been settled around 10,000 to 5,000 BC. It didn't become the present town until around 1140AD by Bishop Robert. Named for St Andrew the Apostle, St Andrews is known for its history and architecture.
St Andrews Castle is a first stop for many visitors. Located on the coastline of St Andrews, the original castle was built during the late 1100s to the early 1200s. The castle was once home to many different kings and bishops over the years. The castle was also once used as a prison, imprisoning Archbishop Patrick Gram who was judged to be insane in 1478. It is now a beautiful ruin that is a main attraction of the town. In the center of the castle grounds visitors can see many of the best surviving carved fragments on display. There is also a shop for visitors to get souvenirs.
Another popular stop is the Cathedral of St Andrew. Built in 1158 and was the main cathedral in St. Andrews until after the reformation. The building was dedicated in 1318 and was in use for many years. In 1378 a fire destroyed the building. The restoration was completed in1440. In 1559 the building was stripped of all the altars and pictures. Now the cathedral is in ruins, and is a 350 foot long tourist stop.
Those that like the weird and wild can check out of the Original St Andrews Witch Tour. Visitors can enjoy a night-time tour of St Andrews. Starting at 7.30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays visitors will wander the town hearing different ghost stories and history of the area. Kids are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult. You will leave the Greyfriars Hotel for your tour. If you leave on a Thursday you can get a light bite meal before the tour and a warm hot chocolate once you return from your walk.
For families a good place to stop is the St Andrews Aquarium. Here families can see a variety of aquatic life. From seals to sharks there are lots of animals to see and learn about during your visit. The St Andrews Aquarium can provide hours of entertainment for those who enjoy the company of animals.
The Byre Theater is a stop for the theater lover. The theater's goal is to be "a lively, exciting and accessible theatre." The theater was originally founded in 1933 by the local freelance Alexander B Paterson. In 1969, the original building was demolished and a new building was built in 1970. There have been renovations and expansions since the new building was erected.
Families can enjoy a day out then Craigtoun Country Park is the place to head. This park has a miniature golf park, putting beautiful gardens and train ride, among other attractions. You can also find the North East Fife Rangers service here and they can organize nature walks for those that are interested.
St Andrews is full of history and fun for families.
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