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Choose whether you want to be a scholar, a historian, a golfer or just a tourist. There is just so much to do and see here that it is difficult to know where to start. Why not take the open topped bus around town. 01334 474238. Perhaps a freshly squeezed health drink at Get Juiced in South Street - alternatively, have a coffee, read the paper and check out your email then go exploring 01334 472927.

West PortAttraction West Port Former Toll gate to the town at the end of South Street, the West Port Cafe serves baguette and juices while the restaurant has some good Scottish dishes. Janetta’s ice cream, cafes, National Trust shop and good art shop all available nearby.

Blackfriars Chapel and South St.History Blackfriars Chapel and South St. Ruinous Dominican Friary destroyed in reformation times set in the grounds of Madras Boys College. Some interesting shops in Bell Street opposite including Simply Scotland with gifts and designer knitwear and if you want to go ethnic try Beetle.

Holy Trinity KirkHistory Holy Trinity Kirk Once inside you can almost hear John Knox inciting the church goers during the days of the Protestant reformation. The church appears much larger when you are inside and is dominated by the wonderful stained glass windows. Tucked in the square is the St. Andrews Pottery Shop. Pick up a locally thrown pot or if you have room in the car take home a giant garden pot. Chesterhills a quaint coffee and gift shop sits opposite next to Ogdens pub.

St Mary’s CollegeHistory St Mary’s College with Queen Mary’s house in the foreground is now part of the university. Look out for the thorn tree planted by Mary Queen of Scots in the quad. You cannot come to St. Andrews without trying one of Janetta’s famous ice creams - a modern day pilgrimage 01334 473285.

Byre Theatre Attraction Byre Theatre (yes, I remember plays in the original cow shed) - Recently completely renovated into an exceptional arts centre -amazing blend of traditional and modern. Much more than a theatre - intimate, alive, welcoming and accessible. Stunning Cafe bar with very tasty food. Make sure you have time to visit - great place to meet friends 01334 475000.

St Salvator’s CollegeHistory St Salvator’s College Part of the oldest university in Scotland you can watch the students in their red gowns strolling around the quads on the way to their classes - you might even see Prince William. St Salvator’s and the university chapel with its prominent tower is in North Street. Fortunately the incongruous modern building housing the Library is not too obvious. If you explore further, you will come to the Crawfords Art Centre where there is an ever changing exhibition. Next door the original Cinema has now been converted to a multiplex establishment (well, sort of!!!!)

Market SquareFood Market Square The fountain is a good landmark. For kids and cooks make sure to visit Macgregors - busy gift shop and cafe with all manner of culinary gadgets, knick-knacks and huge selection of cards, puzzles and books to make you smile 01334 477106. Next door at LJ's, see if you can spot the overhead train while having bistro style food - the wall decor will keep the kids busy for hours. It is always a good day to try Market Square some Ice Cream from Luvian’s before letting the children loose in town. Great Italian ices and sorbets, also fine wines for Mum and Dad just along Market Market Square Street at Luvians Bottleshop as well as some 400 different whiskies, one for every day of the year. If you like paintings, visit the gallery crammed with hundreds of fine 19th and 20th century paintings, mostly Scottish. Tourist Information Centre with gifts and friendly staff will let you know all the latest things to do 01334 472021.

Doll’s House RestaurantFood Doll’s House Restaurant in Church Square has decor which reminds me of a Victorian Nursery, except for the bar, of course. Great ambience especially on their live Jazz nights. The food is always fresh and the staff are cheerful and very efficient. Eat out during the summer and watch the world go by. Best to book 01334 477422 Sister restaurant La Posada is in St. Mary’s Place. Authentic Mexican food with decor to match - plan to join friends. 01334 470500

Greyfriars GardensAttraction

Greyfriars GardensAttraction Greyfriars Gardens If you enjoy Fine China, Crystal and Collectables then you must visit James Pine of St. Andrews. Our choice if you are looking for a special golfing gift or prize. 01334 472209. Ladies, stop in at Lyn at No 1 and treat yourself to a new designer outfit and then drift towards the aromas of The Coffee House. I am always amazed that there can be that many possible teas and coffees. Have some freshly ground to take home or have a brew while you are there - or both!! Across the road in Murray Place you will find an old favourite, Ziggy’s - rock’ n’ roll theme restaurant, extensive menu but if you want to try it you had better book. 01334 473686.

Bell StreetAttraction

Bell StreetAttraction Bell Street running from the fountain in Market St. to the Holy Trinity Church in South St. boasts some more interesting shops. Butler and Company, a really good looking deli with fine selection of cheeses Bell Street and Scottish produce. I would recommend the salar smoked salmon if you haven’t tried it yet. Bonkers on the corner is the place to go for soft toys - other gifts too. Fisher and Donaldson the bakers across the road have been there for years. You will not be able to resist the goodies. I like the trifles and if you like biscuits make sure you try some shortbread. The Former newspaper publishers now a stationers, Innes has a terrific selection of books, crafts and artists materials. Dozens of things to keep the children amused. Wonderful selection of kites to fly on the West Sands.

AquariumAttraction

AquariumAttraction Aquarium above the rocks at the Scores. Plenty to see here - a complete undersea world of marine life. Special features include the Seahorse parade and the diving ducks. Make sure to see the seals being fed and support their seal sanctuary, 01334 474786.

West SandsParks

West SandsParks West Sands Bring your bucket and spade, this is sandcastle heaven. Huge expanse of sand running for almost two miles between the North Sea and the famous golf courses. My favourite place to fly my kite - great for ‘early morning power’ walks or ‘mid afternoon clear your head after the night before’ walks. Watch the windsurfers, shelter in the dunes, play ball or picnic on the grass. If the weather permits you can even sunbathe!! Dad and the kids can have a great day out while Mum plays golf. Climb over the rocks below the Aquarium and explore the pools - you can taste the sea air as you listen to the noise of the gulls as they sweep down looking for food. Imagine you are marooned on a desert island - be a pirate or adventurer for a day.

Harbour and East SandsParks

Harbour and East SandsParks Harbour and East Sands Lobster pots and a few small fishing boats sit in this cute harbour with its long harbour wall overlooking the rocks. Bring your bucket to collect mussels and whelks. I have childhood memories of paddling in the pool under the castle, however the new swimming pool and East Sands Leisure Centre may be a safer bet. Walk along the sand admire the rocks, putting green and trampolining available.

St Andrews CathedralHistory St Andrews Cathedral Visitor centre within vaulted remains chart the history of this disaster prone landmark from its celtic beginnings of the church of St Mary on the Rock to its importance as a medieval cathedral priory. Impressive collection of post reformation tombstones which fortunately were not recycled for other building works in the town 01334 472563. Walk through the Pends, one of the original archway entrances to the priory precinct, passing St Leonard’s famous girls school down to the harbour.

St Rule’s TowerHistory St Rule’s Tower Collect token and breathe in as you enter through the turnstile and mount the 150 or so steps up to the top. Well worth the climb to see the amazing views over the town and the harbour - beware the wind at the top. Steer clear if you suffer from vertigo or have a dicky ticker.

St Andrews CastleHistory St Andrews Castle once the ultimate in early fortified luxury beach apartments for the clergy however, it has been beset by wars over changing religious beliefs and is now mostly ruinous. Excellent audio visual presentation. Step down into the entrance of the infamous mine and countermine dug during a siege. Shudder as you walk down into the cellars of the frightening bottle dungeon and imagine the prisoners trying to break free 01334 477196.

St Andrews Preservation Trust MuseumHistory St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum Transport yourself back to an early grocer’s and chemist’s shop (remember the days before supermarkets and pre-packaged everything) Go upstairs and peruse the collection of old photographs and clippings - just like being in granny’s attic 01334 477629.

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