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Melrose Abbey

Open today: 09:30 - 17:30
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Probably the most famous ruin in Scotland, the abbey was founded by David I in 1136 for the Cistercian Order, and it was largely destroyed by Richard II's English army in 1385. The surviving remains of the church are of the early 15th century, and...more
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Abbey House Abbey Street, Melrose TD6 9LG, Scotland
+44 1896 822562
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All reviews bagpipe playing historic scotland buried here audio guide bell tower burial place beautiful ruins well worth a visit spiral staircase across the road explorer pass interesting history cistercian monks ticket office small town worth the climb surrounding countryside
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit if you enjoy history. I would suggest you buy a booklet or listen to the audio guided tour.

Thank Almcfet
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited Melrose Abbey as part of the Scottish Borders tour with Timberbush (wonderful tour!) and luckily we had plenty of time to explore the picturesque ruins of the Abbey and listen to the audio guide. The admission price includes the audio guide. The Abbey...More

Thank Noraatc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very enjoyable and interesting day out at Melrose Abbey. Audio guide is good and helps make the most of the visit.

Thank Angela L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Melrose Abbey is a must-see for those interested in seeing Scottish History. The Abbey from the year 1100 is a short drive from Edinburgh in The Borders region. Rich in the history of Scotland, the Abbey stood at a crossroads south of Edinburgh and collected...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These ruins are so beautiful & Robert the Bruce's heart is buried here. Wander the grounds & immerse yourself in history. Read the amazing headstones - so worth a visit.

Thank Maureen M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Alough this is a ruin it is a must see when in the area.even having to pay an entrance fee it is worth it and a fascinating story .

Thank tamj1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Melrose Abbey with friends whilst travelling back to England after a few days in Fife (where we had been exploring St Andrew’s, Edinburgh and the Fife Coastal Route). We wanted a historic place situated close to our A68-A7 route, so we were very...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we took advice and used the audio guide, very simple and informative and really brought the ruin to life, so make use - and they are free! We probably spent 2 hours leisurely, went up all the windy steps to the top which was a...More

Thank MaryRC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is just super. Plenty history here and even Robert The Bruce's heart. There is also a museum which is well worth a visit.

Thank Pinkhill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Historic Scotland seem to only recruit really friendly and interesting people to meet and greet visitors to their properties. We were welcomed by the most charming young lady who advised on length of tour and the use of the excellent audio guide. Although it was...More

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Debra W
23 April 2017|
Response from Mick B |
Take the B7003 from Rosslyn Chapel and continue along the A701 towards Edinburgh.Turn right onto the A720 (Edinburgh ByPass). Take the right turn onto A68 (south) and at Carfraemill turn left onto the A697 and then left onto... More
Debra W
23 April 2017|
Response from JoBarnfather | Reviewed this property |
Hi. For me it would be Jedburgh. More intact and from the recorded commentary I really could "feel" the abbey and the story around it.
Karen M
26 January 2017|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed at Melrose Abbey but they must be kept on a lead and should not be left unattended. They are not permitted in roofed areas such as gift shops, cafes and visitors centres - please call the site for more... More