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Melrose Abbey

Abbey House Abbey Street, Melrose TD6 9LG, Scotland
+44 1896 822562
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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 are of an elegance unsurpassed in Scotland. Objects found during excavation are displayed in the Commendator's House. The exterior of this magnificent ruin is decorated by unusual sculptures, including hobgoblins, cooks with ladles and a bagpipe playing pig. The abbey is also thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds.
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Abbey House Abbey Street, Melrose TD6 9LG, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Due to heavy snow we had the place entirely to ourselves for over and hour and it was quite magical although cold by the end!

Thank Ian-and-Marie-57-61
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting visit and nice relaxed atmosphere. There was so much history and a good quiz for the children to do and which does help with them to stay interested. The staff were lovely and very helpful.

Thank Catherine W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a ruined Abbey so only really suitable for fine weather as it is all outside. There is an audio guide, and there are information boards to guide you round too. The ruins are amazing and very interesting. If you are a photographer you...More

Thank happygirl20
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister-in-law and I were delighted with our tour of Melrose Abbey. This is one of the largest medieval abbeys in Scotland and it is very well preserved. As we walked throughout the abbey, we admired the architecture, the arches and windows that point to...More

Thank Donna H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited many old ruins while in Scotland and Melrose Abbey was one of the most beautiful. If you are into Scottish history, Robert the Bruce's heart is buried here.

Thank Hankfiji
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place definitely worth visiting. Audio guide is very good, provides a lot of interesting information and really enhanced our experience. A lot of walking outside so choose good weather or wrap up warm. Definitely great place for everyone. You can combine the visit with...More

Thank butlaktaktyt
Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

Visited with friends from the Sussex Coast. Wonderful historical site and museum. Our friend is disabled and managed to get round ok - apart from the spiral staircase to the roof!! Ideally placed to wander round Melrose after visiting.

Thank Dai158
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Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Amazing structure. A must see to get a glimpse of the great structures from the past. Recommend getting the go explorer pass if you are going to more than one historic site well worth it as you get a great discount.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 30 November 2017

A beautiful historical site, truly lovely. The ruin is quite impressive and as we went in November, very few people there so I was able to take many lovely photos. Melrose is a quaint little village with lovely shops and coffee shops. A very nice...More

Thank glendamailloux
Reviewed 30 November 2017 via mobile

Quite surprised how impressive it was even as a ruin. It must have been quite amazing when fully in tact.

Thank michelle0404
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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