St Andrews History Tours

Showcasing over 2000 years of St Andrews remarkable history, these tours are informative, popular St Andrews guided walking tours exploring the historic quarters of St Andrews.

When we operate

12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm*
7 days a week, right through the year

*Check booking calendar for availability

Each tour approx 1hr 30mins

All tickets £14
No concessions (under 5s go free)
Group discount for 11+ persons

Private tours welcome
Email with details

St Andrews History Tours

“The Metropolis of the Kingdom of Darkness”

St Andrews History Tours

On this tour you will hear about the unusual, the surprising and the intriguing, alongside exclusive forgotten historical details you will not find elsewhere.

The information for the tours span six decades of research by author/historian Richard Falconer, who will be your guide for your tour.

St Andrews has one of the most extraordinary and chequered histories to be found anywhere. Over the centuries it has seen everything in abundance; from the merciful to the barbaric, to the spiritual and the fanatical.

St Andrews was the greatest seat of Catholic power outside Rome in Europe. It boasts Scotland’s oldest University and although it is known as the Home of Golf, golf doesn’t feature on these tours.

Welcome to St Andrews and I look forward to seeing you on a St Andrews history tour!

Richard Falconer

Book Your Tour

All tours pre-booking only – no walk ups

When will you come on a tour?

When we operate

12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm*
7 days a week, right through the year
*Check the booking calendar for any exclusions

Each tour approx 1hr 30mins



Secure online payments
Ways to pay

Pay by credit/debit card via (Stripe)
or through your PayPal account balance

No hidden fees

Updated 27 December 2022

Information for your group:
Do not attempt to come on a tour a with cold, especially a persistent cough or sneezing bouts, you may be off the tour.

Meeting Point

Outside the


In front of the restaurant
Church Square
behind Holy Trinity Church
St Andrews
KY16 9NN

Specialising in hearty “good mood food”, The Doll’s House offers a diverse range of quality offers. From brunch every morning to a lovely seasonal market menu.


All tours start prompt at the scheduled tour times, so please familiarise yourself with the meeting point and allow plenty of time to be their beforehand!



Running late?

If you think you will be running late or are unable to make the tour,
please contact asap via TEXT ONLY before your tour start time.

Failure to notify beforehand negates your right to reschedule.

St Andrews History Tours Route

Meeting point – Doll’s House Restaurant/Holy Trinity Church followed by St Mary’s College, Medieval History Dept, Queen Mary’s House, Pends, Cathedral Precincts, Haunted Tower, Bishop’s Palace, Castlecliffe, Principal’s House, St Salvator’s College, Market Street – tours finish beside the Central Bar.

St Andrews History Tours Route


Private tour requests, general enquiries, notifications, press

Calls will not be answered

St Andrews tours feature unique content and historic locations easily missed, plus important forgotten history not found elsewhere.

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