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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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Reviewed 3 days 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

Thank Valleytravellers1
Reviewed 6 days ago

A wonderful place to learn the history of the great abbeys of the Border area. As mentioned elsewhere, an audio guide, very detailed, is included in the cost of entry. There are also excellent information boards throughout the abbey. It is less ruinous than many,...More

Thank HelenZA
Reviewed 1 week ago

An audioguide is included in the price of admission to the grounds. The guide is very detailed, and one could spend well over an hour walking through the Abbey and along the grounds just listening to the guide. For those who don't care to listen...More

Thank geismom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here in October. Admission (6.00) includes an audio guide but there is plenty of info inside on the abbey. Lovely peaceful place to visit excellent visitors centre just outside the gate friendly staff visit this place

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 1 week ago

First trip in 20 years and still so beautiful!!! You are now able to climb one of the towers and get an amazing overview!!

Thank Christina F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been here a few times before, but this time we took the audio tour (free with admission) and really enjoyed it -- really brought the place to life. We strongly recommend doing this. I think it may take a about an hour or so,...More

Thank TimHodgson
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never been before and we'll be again. Stunning weather too! - We didn't know what to expect but what an amazing find - ALL of it and delighted we found the pig playing bagpipes!!

Thank SoooQ
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Abbey in Melrose is very interesting and is kept in very good condition. You feel very calm and peaceful.j The structure of the Abbey has a lot of character and worth a visit.

Thank Amylydia16
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Melrose Abbey is easy to get to south of Edinburgh. The abbey has a small entry fee and audio guide available. Take your time to read all the plaques set around the grounds and inside the ruins as they contain so much information. The Abbey...More

Thank graeme A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, it states it closes at 5:30. BUT, you need to be there by 4:30 because they lock the office and gates at 5:00. I watched many people travel far to get there and were turned away. Very nice abbey, climb to the top to...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