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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 yesterday via mobile

We had seen quite a few ruins in one day, but this one was breathtaking. More intact than most and architecturally striking. Town has some very cute places to eat as well.

Thank Debra M
Reviewed 2 days ago

My first return here after 35+ years. Still a fantastic site to visit and remains reasonably peaceful despite the increasing number of visitors. it's well worth climbing to the viewing platform but it's only for the fit. The addition of the museum is a great...More

Thank Iain S
Reviewed 6 days ago

Historic Scotland seem to have a gift for presenting ruins in a really interesting way. I really enjoyed my visit and would recommend downloading their statement of significance for the abbey before you go because it’s crammed with facts. There’s a lot to see here...More

Thank ShadowTours
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to see, lots of corners and quirks in this ancient abbey. The tombs and graves as well as the walkway are of particular note. Melrose town is also worth a visit-many small "artisan" shops to see.

Thank BrianElliott1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting ruined Abbey. Minimal visitors facilities although sufficient including toilets, tiny shop, tiny museum. Audio tour available. Very interesting history. Central to Melrose so a nice day out as there are lots of cafes etc nearby. Parking in town. Not very commercialised which could...More

Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 1 week ago

£6 pretty expensive to visit a ruin. Historical and peaceful. Needs a dry and sunny day to appreciate it. You can spend as long as you like there. OK if you like that type of thing.

Thank Susan H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful ruins, but that's all. Audio guide tries to help you to imagine how it looked like and how monks lived, but it was far too expensive in our opinion for what you get. It would have been enough to walk to the gates and...More

Thank Lengyelek
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although the abbey is mostly in ruins, theres still a lot of history to absorve in this place. Also, the surrounding space is perfect to relax and rest, or for a short walk between the ruins

Thank Neo P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the abbey on a glorious sunny day and enjoyed the peaceful surroundings. It's a place where you can spend as long as you want exploring the remains of the abbey. Brilliant for taking great photos.

Thank HertfordshireSue
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful abbey with informative signs posted in various locations as you're walking around. The views from the top of the bell tower are beautiful. Small gift shop and friendly, helpful staff are great.

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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