My daughter(4) loves the cathedral grounds and every time we're walking around that area of St Andrews she enjoys going in and looking at the ruins and running around the big grass area(the cloister I think it's called?) by the museum and shop.
On our most recent visit with a friend of mine we decided to show her the museum and take her up St rules tower for the first time.
For me it's fascinating, initially built in 1158 and the largest church built in Scotland the ruins and museum are always worth having a walk around. I find it so beautiful that even in the middle of winter, on a miserable grey day the cathedral still stands out and looks majestic and still makes me go... wow.
The burial area is an interesting walk and just at the side is the pends gate which is an area I just love walking down.
St rules tower was the hit with my daughter though. Horrible climb up and down, mainly because it was just before lunch on a beautiful clear day so was very busy with people passing us in both directions on a very narrow and incredibly steep stairwell. Slightly nerve wracking with a young child but we kept her close between the two of us.
The top is worth it all. The day we were there it was perfect weather and we could see all the way to crail in the far distance one way and past tentsmuir the other way. Bright blue skies, warm sun and the most beautiful beach ever right underneath you!
If you've never been up, you absolutely must do it! Lovely photo opportunity and great views of the whole of St Andrews!
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