Saint Andrews Things to Do

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    "Himalaya"

    by elpariente Updated Nov 15, 2013
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    We have not mistaken, Himalaya is the name given to the Ladies Putting Club of St Andrews, where you can "play" and have some fun in the putting green of St. Andrews
    Normally you can play , although some days you may have to wait a while
    You only need to pay a couple of pounds

    No nos hemos equivocado, Himalaya es el nombre que recibe el Ladies Putting Club of St Andrews , donde puedes "matar el gusanillo" y divertirte en el putting green de San Andrews
    Normalmente se puede jugar aunque alguna vez tengas que esperar un rato
    Sólo hay que pagar un par de libras

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    The University - La Universidad

    by elpariente Written Nov 15, 2013

    The oldest university in Scotland, founded in the fifteenth century, is one of the most elitist and prestigious university in Great Britain
    There is not an specific Campus because the University it is integrated City
    The University has jumped to the "gossip magazines" , as here is where Kate Middleton and Prince William have lived their courtship and their love story
    Understandably (???) the enrollment applications have rocketed at the University

    La Universidad más antigua de Escocia, fundada en el siglo XV, es una de las Universidades más elitistas y con más prestigio de Gran Bretaña
    No hay un Campus específico pues la Universidad está integrada en la ciudad
    La Universidad ha saltado a la prensa "rosa" , pues aquí es donde Kate Middleton y el Príncipe Guillermo han vivido su noviazgo y su historia de amor
    Incomprensiblemente ( ???) se han disparado las solicitudes de matriculación en la Universidad

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    The Cathedral / La Catedral

    by elpariente Updated Nov 15, 2013

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    We can see the remains of what was the largest church in Scotland.
    It is over the cliffs and so it suffered great vicissitudes since it was destroyed by gales, storms and fires until the sixteenth century, when during the Religious Reformation of the Church of Scotland, who led John Knox, was nearly demolished
    Today we can take a pleasant walk through a garden, which houses a cemetery with graves of all kinds and walk next to the ruins of the Cathedral, which basically are only its front with its two tall towers, part of a Gothic cloister ...
    You may see the square tower of the Church of St Rule where you may climb and see nice views of all St Andrews, the Cathedral and the cliffs
    We are not used to see this kinf of ruins, so the visit was very interesting

    Podemos ver los restos de la que fue la mayor iglesia de Escocia .
    Está sobre los acantilados y por eso sufrió grandes vicisitudes ya que fue destrozada por galernas, temporales e incendios hasta que en el siglo XVI, durante la Reforma Religiosa de la Iglesia de Escocia, que dirigió John Knox ,quedó prácticamente derruida
    Hoy podemos dar un paseo muy agradable por un jardín , que alberga un cementerio con tumbas de todo tipo y caminar al lado de las ruinas de la Catedral, de la que tan sólo quedan sus partes frontales con sus dos altas torres, parte de un claustro de estilo gótico
    También está la torre cuadrada de la iglesia de San Rule desde donde se puede ver todo San Andrews, la Catedral y los acantilados...
    No estamos acostumbrados a ver este tipo de ruinas y por eso la visita nos pareció muy interesante

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    Walking in the course - Pasear por el campo

    by elpariente Updated Nov 15, 2013
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    It is very nice to walk and see the 18th hole of the old course , the Himalaya , the links, the hotels, the clubs
    Everything is prepared with paths were you may walk, in a restricted area of the courses, disturbing as less as possible to the golfers and if you have nice weather all is complete to enjoy it
    Es muy agradable pasear y ver los tees de salida y algunos hoyos como el hoyo 18 del Old Course, el Himalaya, los links, los hoteles, los clubes...
    Todo está preparado con senderos por donde se puede pasear , en una zona restringida de los campos ,donde se molesta lo menos posible a los jugadores y si tiene buen buen tiempo ya tienes todo para disfrutarlo

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    Not only golf / No sólo golf

    by elpariente Updated Nov 14, 2013
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    Not everything is golf in Saint Andrews. Do you remember the movie Chariots of Fire, because it was filmed here , so in his honour, you can go down to the beach and run for a while

    No todo es golf, recuerdas la película Carros de Fuego, pues aquí es donde se grabó, así que en su honor puedes bajar a la playa y pegarte una buena carrera

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    Wander Along.....

    by nickandchris Written Oct 1, 2013

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    We parked in the carpark on the front, by the aquarium.Not having a lot of time, we just ambled along the pleasant street at the back of the coast, passing the castle and cathedral.

    We noted the beautiful properties in this area and thought it must be a pleasant place to be a student in!

    We didn't have time to visit the castle or cathedral, just took some photos. I noticed there was yet another defunct tidal swimming pool close to the castle.

    Historical St. Andrews is a very popular place all year round and this certainly showed with the amount of people we encountered. Coach after coach pulled up, many of the visitors were foreign.It has the top golf course in Scotland and what a course! And what a nagnificent building the clubhouse is!! We were camped in front of the golf course and watched the players playing in both rain and shine.

    We never got to see the shopping area which I was sad about when I realised there was a market ongoing.

    Beaches are big and very sandy and extend for miles.

    Lots of accommodation, shops and places to eat.

    For more info, please look at the website below.

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    St Andrews Cathedral: The Glory of God

    by spocklogic Written Aug 31, 2013

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    St. Andrews Cathedral was the largest in Scotland during medieval times. Spanning almost 400 ft (~100m) in length it remains one of the largest ever to have been built in Scotland, although it is in ruins today. St Andrews was a place of religious importance in medieval times and as its community grew the need arose for a larger, grander cathedral. The original church, dating from the early 12th century, that stood on this site was St. Rules Church, of which only the tower remains now. St. Rule (or St. Regulus), as the legend states, brought some bone remains, the relics of St. Andrew, to an early medieval settlement in this area, where they were enshrined. The legend is an important one, giving its namesake to what became the city of St Andrews, establishing St Andrews as the the patron saint of Scotland and leading to St Andrews becoming the seat of the Catholic Church in Scotland during medieval times. It is no surprise that such a cathedral built here in the 12th century would be on a grand scale. Work began on the cathedral in the mid 12th century, but was not finished until the 13th century. The consecration in 1318 was attended by the King of Scotland, Robert the Bruce himself.

    The ruins of the cathedral, and St. Rules Tower is a fairly impressive set of ruins. Although most of the cathedral is gone, the west doorway and the eastern gable still stand, and give one a sense of the grand size this cathedral once was. It must be been quite a sight to pilgrims visiting here in medieval times to be blessed by St. Andrew. The Cathedral Museum is on the grounds with a collection of early Christian carvings and post-Reformation memorials. The sarcophagus of St Andrews can be seen here also as an example of 8th-century Pictish sculpture. It was rediscovered in 1833 during excavations of the Cathedral. The St. Andrews Cathedral and St. Rules Tower is reason itself to pay a visit to the city of St. Andrews. The grounds are immaculately kept too and it makes for a picturesque stroll among the cemetery grave markers on the grounds of the ruins. Well worth a visit!

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    St Andrews Castle: The Bishops Palace

    by spocklogic Written Aug 31, 2013

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    St Andrews Castle dates from the 13th century, originally built as a residence for bishops and archbishops when such positions of importance were more than just religious, but held political power as well, which was common before the Reformation. St Andrews itself was an important centre of religious life in medieval Europe, attracting pilgrims visiting the shrine of St. Andrews, so the castle was a place of some importance beyond just a defensive stronghold. During the Wars of Scottish Independence it changed hands between Scotland and England many times, and as a result, was destroyed and rebuilt numerous times. The castle served as a notorious prison in the 15th century and a place of religious persecution during the 16th century in the times of the Reformation.

    The castle sits on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Castle Sands Beach, so the views are rather picturesque. The castle is mostly in ruins and the majority of it can be seen from the perimeter walls, but it can be toured and there is a small visitor centre here with some information available before entering. As far as castles go, this one is probably more interesting for its historical place in Scottish history rather than the ruins itself, but it's worth a stop for a photograph or two and the views by the water.

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    BIGGEST BUILDING IN SCOTLAND

    by davidjo Written Jul 7, 2013

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    St. Andrew's Cathedral which was built in the 12th century was once the biggest building in Scotland. Not much of it remains today but you can wander around and see the ruins as well as a beautiful view over the North Sea.

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    The Memorial

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 13, 2012

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    The town had serious troubles during the Reformation. The Protestand reformers brought their ideas to town, and the Catholic hierarchy tried to stamp them out. Cardinal Beaton, the Archbishop of St. Andrews Cathedral, burned some of the reformers at the stake and made a holiday of it. This monument, built in 1842, is a memorial to the martyred Protestants, and a reminder of those times.

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    The Castle

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 13, 2012
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    Not long after George Wisham was burned at the stake, other reformers invaded the St. Andrews Castle, where Cardinal Beaton was living, and killed him. The reformers kept the castle, and it became the first Protestant church in Scotland.

    John Knox went there in 1547 and became its preacher. The Catholics couldn’t retake the castle, so they brought in the French, who blew it up.

    Its remains are open to the public, including the dungeon and some underground passages. There is also a visitor center.

    The admission charge is ₤5.50 for adults; ₤3.50 for kids.

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    The Royal and Ancient Golf Club

    by JessieLang Updated Jun 13, 2012

    The famous golf course isn’t the oldest one (it was founded in 1754) but it first established the rules of golf that are still used. The course is difficult, and weather is a factor. They say the wind can blow so hard that the ball ends up behind the golfer!

    It is a public course, and anyone can play if they pay the fee (about $200.)

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    Museum of the University of St. Andrews

    by JessieLang Written Jun 13, 2012

    The museum has 4 galleries displaying items from medieval to modern times.

    Hours: April-Oct—Monday to Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, Noon to 4
    Nov-March—Monday to Wednesday, CLOSED; Thursday to Sunday, Noon to 4.

    Admission is FREE

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  • Byre Theatre

    by mac-me Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Byre theatre is a lovely little theatre in St Andrews and hosts a variety of professional and amateur plays, musical theatre, comedies, dance, opera and music to suit all tastes. Their programme is available from the Byre theatre or from the tourist information office.
    The Byre also has its own restaurant and bars and is a popular meeting place.

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    Graveyard

    by leffe3 Written Apr 1, 2008
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    As well as the ruins of the cathedral, St Rules and the wonderful museum is the expansive graveyard spread among the ruins with gravestones set in the boundary walls as well as free standing statues and plinths protecting the remains of the great and good (and not so great!) of St Andrews residents over the centuries.

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