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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
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 the B6456. The entrance to Duns Castle is off this road. The only restricted and private roads are the entrances and approaches to the Chapel/Castle, which will of course be open provided you arrive during opening hours. Enjoy your visit.
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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
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 information 01896 822 562