‘St Andrews Cathedral Photo Historic Environment’

Homage to doyens of golf

By Published On: 8th July 20221.6 min readCategories: History, Travel Featured

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Access to the resting places of some of golf’s most famous players has been reinstated at St Andrew’s Cathedral.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), which manages the site, had put access restrictions in place for essential high level masonry work.

But, following inspection, a route has now been opened through the cathedral grounds to provide access to the graves of Old and Young Tom Morris, as well as to the museum and its important treasures, and exhibition.

Old Tom Morris

The move, which comes ahead of the historic town hosting the 150th Open Golf championship this month, where tens of thousands of people are expected to descend on St Andrews, will see the public again able to visit these important sites, alongside partial access to the Cathedral grounds.

Some access restrictions will remain in place at the site for the time being for further conservation work, including St Rule’s Tower.

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Old and Young Tom Morris

“We are delighted to be able to provide additional access to St Andrews Cathedral, as part of Scotland’s welcome for the Open with the museum and its important treasures reopening after essential restrictions were put in place for high level masonry inspections,” said Stephen Duncan, Director of Marketing and Engagement at HES.

“While some access restrictions remain in place for safety reasons, we have also opened access to the graves of Old and Young Tom Morris, among some of golf’s most famous sons, which reside within the grounds.

“We know how important it is to be able to offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to visit these sites and have been working across teams to facilitate access in advance of the Open and look forward to welcoming visitors to the cathedral once more.”

The Cathedral will be open 7 days from 10am-5pm, with last entry to the museum at 4.30pm.