Visit St Andrews Heritage Museum & Tranquil Gardens

St Andrews Heritage Museum and Garden at 12 North Street is set in a charming 17th century house and garden, a stone’s throw from St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Castle. Our Museum and Garden is located in the oldest settlement of St Andrews and is one of the earliest domestic dwellings in the area.

Focusing on the story of the Town and its people from circa 1800, our Museum and Garden is unique. Our displays showcase social, working and domestic life in St Andrews through fascinating objects that have been gifted by the public and Trust members for over 60 years. Our Garden is a hidden gem and, as well as a sensory garden and a variety of plants, visitors can enjoy exhibitions and installations throughout.

Exploring our Museum and Garden is free during normal opening hours. Our dedicated and enthusiastic museum guides look forward to meeting you and sharing the rich heritage of St Andrews and its people.

  • Visitor Opening Hours

    Open daily, 1030-430pm
    Covid-19 Update: The Museum is currently operating at reduced capacity in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Please help us to keep the museum a safe place to visit by wearing a mask, following social distancing signage and using the hand sanitizer throughout. We are happy to accommodate pre-booked visits at this time. If you wish to book a specific day and time to visit the museum, please call 01334 477629 or email museum@stapt.org.uk.
    The museum closes over the winter period. In 2021, the museum will close on Monday 13th December 2021.
  • Free Admission

    Admission to the St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden is free, unless otherwise stated for a particular Exhibition or Event.


What’s on…

Explore our upcoming exhibitions & events

Events and Exhibitions

Visitor Information…

All the information you need to plan your visit

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Books & Cards

Delve into the history of St Andrews

Books and Cards

Gorgeous Gifts

A variety of items from our gift shop

Gorgeous Gifts

Locally Made

Lovingly handmade items from Fife

Handmade in Fife

Local Art

A selection of beautiful local prints

Local Art


Make a donation…

The D'Arcy Thompson Garden St Andrews Heritage Museum and Garden

View our collection…

The D'Arcy Thompson Garden St Andrews Heritage Museum and Garden at 12 North Street

Explore the house…

Museum Displays at 12 North Street St Andrews


Read all our latest news
  • Wood Carving St Andrews Heritage Museum and Garden

Retracing our Roots

The process of rebranding the museum and creating this dedicated website gave us the opportunity to reflect on our own origins. In 2022 the museum will celebrate its 40th year of officially opening as a public museum, dedicated to displaying the social history of St Andrews. But its history goes back further than this. Drawing on our own archive material, Trust minute books and the excellent 2012 publication by former Curator Jennifer Reid titled 12 North Street: A Short History of the Museum Building, we can reflect on how we got to where we are today and carve out a vision for the future.

  • St Andrews Lifeboat Station

St Andrews had a lifeboat station

Some people may not be aware that St Andrews had a lifeboat station at one time. David Fenton was a member of the lifeboat crew for 40 years and had been coxswain for 8 years prior to his retiral in 1938, when the station was closed down.  

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