When we operate

7 days a week – throughout the year *
*check booking calendar for any exclusions

October to March
10am   12 noon   2pm*
*from 1st October 2019 the
2pm tour switches to 4pm

April to September
4pm

Each tour approx 1hr 30mins

Private tours available – subject to availability

 

 

About

We also run these two
great daily tours…
About

About

“The Metropolis of the Kingdom of Darkness”

About

Showcasing 1000 years of St Andrews remarkable history, these informative tours explore the historic quarters and include forgotten historical details that will not be found elsewhere. 

For its size, St Andrews has one of the most extraordinary and chequered histories, the merciful, the barbaric, the spiritual and the fanatical. This unique quarter of Scotland has seen it all in abundance. 

Spanning 5 decades of research by your guide and author Richard Falconer, learn about the unusual, the surprising, the intriguing and the forgotten on this insightful and educational guided walking tour around the historic sites of this ancient and unique city.

Over a number of centuries St Andrews was the seat of the Catholic Church in Scotland. Known as the ‘Rome of Scotland’ this was the homage of Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses and millions of pilgrims over the centuries coming mostly from Europe to see the relics of St Andrew.

In 1559 however the Reformation changed the course of St Andrews and Scotland forever. St Andrews Cathedral was sacked and the Catholic Church overthrown. Stripped of papal power and glory, both pilgrim and merchant stopped coming. What little remained would become known to future generations as the “Metropolis of the Kingdom of Darkness”.

Forgotten and wasted, it wasn’t until the mid-nineteenth century, following centuries of neglect that St Andrews then rose from the dung hills of disease and decay to emerge as a revitalised destination for a new breed of pilgrim, comprising the golfer, the academic and the explorer.

Welcome to St Andrews!

TOUR INFO

Tour size

Tour size

From 1 person to approx 50 persons (generally private tours)
Avg group size 10

Suitable for all ages

Suitable for all ages

Adult age 16+, Child age 5-15, under 5s go free but please bear in mind the younger the child the more distracted they can become

This is a walking tour – dress appropriately

This is a walking tour – dress appropriately

Dress for the weather & wear appropriate footwear.
Tip: It gets cold – even through the summer

Suitable for those with learning disabilities

Suitable for those with learning disabilities

The tour is ideal as part of a day trip or holiday break, but please note the distance is approx 1.8 miles (2.89km)


wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly

wheelchair/mobility scooter friendly

There are no steps or steep hills on the tour – distance approx 1 mile

No dogs are allowed on these tours

No dogs are allowed on these tours

unless they are guide dogs. Part of the tour is around the Cathedral grounds where dogs are not permitted

Book Your Tour

All tours pre-booking only – no walk ups

When will you come on a tour?

 

7 days a week – throughout the year *
*check booking calendar for any exclusions 

April to September
4pm

October to March
10am   12 noon   2pm*
*from 1st October 2019 the
2pm tour switches to 4pm

 

Each tour approx 1hr 30mins

Private tours available – subject to availability

Strictly no hen parties and no alcohol to be consumed on the tour

Book Your Tour

Full price tickets also available in person via
Visit Scotland iCentre
70 Market Street,
 St Andrews
– excludes family/group tickets

Book Your Tour

Secure online payments
Ways to pay

Book Your Tour

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

No hidden fees

Meeting Point

Outside the

DOLL’S HOUSE RESTAURANT

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.

You also receive 20% off your meal here when you come on a tour!*
*Excludes in-house promotions and drinks

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

Important
In fairness to others
we cannot hold up the tours and wait

Top Tip
Dining beforehand?
It can take a while to get your check

– please allow for this –


Running late?

Contact
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.

 You will then be advised if you can join the same tour,
the next available tour or reschedule to another date/time.

There are no refunds unless cancelled by the tour director and failure
to notify beforehand negates your right to reschedule.

Getting to St Andrews

By Train
Take the Edinburgh/Aberdeen line to Leuchars, some 5.4 miles west of St Andrews. (Journey time approx 1 hr)

A regular bus and taxi service then complete your journey to St Andrews. (Journey time approx 11 mins)

By Bus
Regular bus services run from across Scotland to St Andrews. (Edinburgh approx 2hrs, Dundee approx 36 mins)

By Car
Satnav postcode for the tour is KY16 9NN which will give you the general location. Clicking the google map above will give you all the directions  you need for wherever you are travelling from.

Parking
The main streets of South Street and Market Street are the closest to the tour location. There is a metered charge during the day from meters on the pavements. Check them for times and prices.

History Tour 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, Archbishop’s Palace, Castlecliffe, Principal’s House, St Salvator’s College, Market Street – tours finish beside the Central Bar.

St Andrews History Tours Route 1 1 - History Tour Route

Enjoy 20% off your meal

Richard has teamed up with some great St Andrews restaurants and eateries*
to give you 20% off your meal on the day of your tour

We are unable to make reservations on your behalf so please telephone or email the eatery of your choice rather than book online and mention the golf history tour so they are aware you have the offer.

Pre-booking advisable

Meal offer 1
All deals exclude drinks and in-house offers

When your booking has been made, take your booking confirmation to the restaurant of you choice and show it when you arrive to receive the 20% off.

*The offer is at the discretion of the participating outlets and may be subject to change as the season evolves.
When contacting your outlet they will advise if the offer is still valid for that time.

seafood ristorante st andrews ghost tours 2 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

seafood ristorante

Seafood on the seashore! locally sourced and sustainable produce, supplied fresh daily, to create beautiful and delicious plates, elevated with an inspired Italian twist.

dolls house restaurant optimised2 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

doll's house restaurant

Unusual colourful bistro over two levels, serving locally-sourced produce on a modern French menu

mammacita taco 1 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

Mammacita

Mammacita is a brand new Mexican Cantina, Tequila and Mezcal bar in St Andrews… "our food is authentic & our tequila is pure gold."

scores hotel st andrews ghost tours2 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

scores hotel

Commanding a great location on the Scores by the Old Course overlooking the North Sea and a choice of great dining experiences.

ziggys restaurant st andrews ghost tours 1 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

Ziggys

St Andrews longest running local family restaurant serving steaks, burgers, amazing fajitas and fairly extensive vegetarian options. A great place for large groups.

mitchell 1 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

Mitchell

A welcoming little “brunch until bed” concept they actively source, support and promote local suppliers and foodie brands.

forgans photo2 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

forgan's

Quality Scottish produce-led food and drinks in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Ceilidh dancing at weekends and a vast Scottish gin collection. A very popular destination.

criterion optimised 1 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

criterion

A great local family run public house with a wide choice of drinks and food - try their world famous 'Cri Pies'! Over 18s only in this one.

vic6 - Enjoy 20% off your meal

vic

A young vibrant feel serving great bar meals. By day we're all about those chilled out vibes. Hearty, good honest food at good honest prices and tipples served in jam jars and teacups!

Contact

Private tour requests, general enquiries, notifications, press

Calls will not be answered

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