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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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"bagpipe playing"
in 26 reviews
"historic scotland"
in 36 reviews
"buried here"
in 23 reviews
"audio guide"
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"bell tower"
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"burial place"
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"beautiful ruins"
in 15 reviews
"ticket office"
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"well worth a visit"
in 57 reviews
"interesting history"
in 12 reviews
"spiral staircase"
in 10 reviews
"explorer pass"
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"cistercian monks"
in 8 reviews
"small town"
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"across the road"
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"lovely town"
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"surrounding countryside"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Atmospheric, peaceful, beautiful. A moving visit to pay homage to my ancestor, King Robert the Bruce. However the stones and rocks underfoot are not for the less sure of foot. Ticket office is flat but to enter site there are steps down. No wheelchair or...More

Thank Jen H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

2nd day of our Edinburgh Rail Rover ticket (see our Museum of Flight review). Trained to Scottish Borders to Tweedbanks (end of line) Railway Station approx 1hr 5 mins). Wonderful to see, such a beautiful religious building with an atmosphere of it's own ! Lovely...More

Thank PhilF7
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a beautiful location. The ruined abbey is quite intact in many areas. A great place to visit for history buffs.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A lovely visit to a fascinating house. Very good visitors centre and displays. The house guide was informative and engaging. Lovely gardens to wander round and an excellent cafe / restaurant.

Thank Gerri H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fairly central in the little Scottish border town of Melrose this is worth visiting to find out a bit about the monks who lived and worked here and the fascinating history of their lives. There is a fabulous audio guided tour, I did it in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated, just off the main road through Melrose , it is a delightful historical abbey, owned by the National Trust, admission prices are 6.00 per adult ot free to National Trust members, offering some stunning views and amazing architecture, though ruined you can still see,...More

Thank Dave H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An excellent, beautiful and picturesque building right in the centre of Melrose which necessitates finding a car park as the abbey doesn't have one itself. However it is well worth a visit and well worth climbing the 74 steps to the top of the tower...More

Thank Clive H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place! Abbey was founded in 1100’s and still is as beautiful now as it was then. Great building with my eyes not able to take it all in. The history

Thank Patricia H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must visit if you are in Northumberland. The Abbey is a well preserved ruin steeped in history, legend and folklore. The visitors entrance was staffed by friendly knowledgeable ladies and an audio tour included in the entrance fee was worth every penny. I usually...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Been here years ago and still enjoyed it Truly a magnificent building and the added feature of the view point on the roof gives a cracking view across Melrose

1  Thank Alan H
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Debra W
23 April 2017|
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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
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Debra W
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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.
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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
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