St Andrews Preservation Trust

Explore St Andrews' Historic House & Garden at 12 North Street

Visit 12 North Street to find out about life in days gone by, enjoy our exhibitions
and experience the tranquillity of our hidden gardens.

We are situated in a lovely 16th century house in the heart of the town’s old fisher quarter, a stone’s throw from both the Castle and the Cathedral.

Our reconstructed Victorian shops, Great-Grannies wash-house and social history displays will transport you back in time. We have an extensive, tranquil ‘hidden’ garden to the rear of the house that is home to an array of gorgeous plants and exhibits that are truly good for the soul.

For 2020 we are delighted to host the exhibition, Moving Jamaica, in our First Floor gallery.  Curated by Dr Susan Mains of the University of Dundee, this exciting exhibition of unique historical and contemporary photographs provides a rare opportunity to explore past, present and future cultural landscapes of Jamaica and their Scottish connections.

To help you enjoy your visit safely, please read the following information carefully.

  • If you have any coronavirus symptoms, including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you should stay at home and self-isolate.
  • Visits to the museum will be self-guided. Guide leaflets, that can be downloaded to your phone or for printing, can be found at the bottom of this page. This will help you to plan your visit and show you the layout of the building and garden.  
  • To support social distancing we are limiting bookings to a maximum of 5 visitors at any one time.  To protect our staff and volunteers we are encouraging visitors to wear a face covering if you can while inside the museum .
  • You must use the hand sanitising station upon entering and exiting the museum and follow the social distancing signage and route throughout the museum and garden. You must maintain a 2m distance from those not within you group while visiting, including our staff and volunteers.
  • Please note that you must not bring any food or drink into the museum and that we do not have toilet facilities available.
  • The museum is not wheelchair accessible from the entrance however we can offer alternative arrangements to access the museum garden. Please inform us of any access requirements prior to your booking.
  • Please be respectful of our team and other visitors by following the signage and measures that are in place.
  • While admission is free, as an independent charity the museum relies on the generous donations made by visitors to maintain and care for our building, collections and garden.  Please consider making a donation to the museum to help us continue with our  work and keep the museum free for all.
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