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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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Reviewed today via mobile

We stopped at Melrose Abbey as part of a trip to Hadrian's Wall and I am very glad I did it is by far one of the best historical sites in the area, it's very rich in history of both the Abbey and it's inhabitants.

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed yesterday

Supposedly the burial place of Robert The Bruce's heart, although he was nterred in Dunfermline. Who knows the truth. Interesting ruin that is worth visiting.

Thank THFC69
Reviewed 2 days ago

The history of the Abbey comes alive as you walk the grounds. the U.S. So much history onste. The beauty of what was at one time a beautiful abbey. Fantastic place, don't miss it.

Thank Barbara T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Bought tickets and entered the grounds. Seemed well maintained for ruins. Climbed up steep circular staircase with rope assist to get to roof top to see the view. Tough climb up for older person. Inscriptions found in different areas. Worthy of the cost to see.

Thank Perkadventures
Reviewed 4 days ago

This gem of a location and town is a nice break from the big cities when visiting Edinborgh. We spent about 1 hour at the Abbey itself, and could have spent more time. The chapel is beautiful and ornate in it's architecture, sculptures and history....More

Thank KCV123
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a town down south of the Scottish borders. We were brought here for our short lunch by our tour guide and he told us about this beautiful abbey which is now just ruins but with lots of history behind it. The admission fee...More

Thank Hema B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The abbey is enormous and well preserved. Acces for wheelchairs. A small fee to pay, also consessions. Earphones available in different languages. Around the abbey are foundations of buildings where the minks lived and oppsite is a museum. Well worht a visit.

Thank berthyverhage
Reviewed 5 days ago

On the outskirts of the town is Melrose Abbey, which does or does not have the head of Robert the Bruce buried in its grounds depending on which version of the tale you hear. There is however a very peaceful, atmospheric feel to the whole...More

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 6 days ago

I think other abbeys in the area are nicer to explore (for example Jedburgh), but the museum here is excellent. Robert the Bruce's heart is apparently buried here.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Melrose Abbey is a great place to visit. Situated very close to the town centre, it is easy to find. Entrance price is very reasonable and includes an informative, entertaining, audio tour, with lots of interesting optional pieces that go beyond just describing the site...More

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Debra W
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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
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Debra W
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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.
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Karen M
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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
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