Melrose Abbey
Melrose Abbey
4.5
Historic SitesAncient RuinsArchitectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The abbey grounds, cloister and museum are open. 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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  • Hawklord_pxr5
    Galashiels, United Kingdom869 contributions
    Interesting site
    This is an interesting place to visit to understand some local and national history, particularly the Border Abbeys. When we visited, the price was actually reduced as some of the abbey was inaccessible due to remedial stoneworks. But, nice to walk around on a sunny day! There is an interesting little museum as part of the ticket price, and a small gift shop
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Kathleen V
    200 contributions
    Great Place to Wander & Ponder
    I love taking my small group tours to Melrose Abbey. It's very easy to explore on your own. Disappointed that much of it was blocked off this time due to necessary renovations. It would have been nice to know this in advance.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 10 June 2023
  • ANYA2001
    142 contributions
    Marvellous Melrose Abbey
    Visited Melrose Abbey on a rainy day but we really enjoyed our visit. Although we couldn’t visit the Abbey ( falling masonry) we could see the grounds and took advantage of the audio guide. The museum was informative and also worth a visit ( included in the ticket price).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Susan R
    Stirlingshire, United Kingdom53 contributions
    Excellent volunteer guide
    We knew in advance that there was to be restricted access to Melrose Abbey due to ongoing maintenance work. We were delighted on arrival to find that sometimes there is a volunteer guide on hand to show people around. John was excellent! His knowldge of the Abbey and his great humour meant we stayed far longer than we intended. Well done Melrose Abbey for this new option.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Niall C
    Harwich, United Kingdom15 contributions
    Melrose Abbey is beautiful
    Melrose Abbey is a beautiful visit. The staff were friendly, professional and welcoming. Joanne was brilliant. The Abbey was beautiful; Robert the Bruce's Heart stone was inspiring and the Bagpiping Pig will never be forgotten. I hope to visit again.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
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2020worldtraveler2020
Los Angeles, CA881 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Not the most picturesque abbey, and a lot of the grounds were out-of-bounds due to disrepair. There was a weird house on the grounds that had some historical costumes and things, which was fun for the kids.
Written 26 November 2023
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Hi, thanks for your feedback. The Abbey is part of our High Level Masonry inspections programme. We’ve had to put access restrictions in place at some of our sites as we identified safety risks to our staff and visitors due to loose stonework at high level. The abbey grounds, cloister and museum are open for visitors to enjoy. We do appreciate that the fencing detracts from the appearance of our sites, but it’s doing the very important job of keeping our visitors and staff safe. Our priorities are to ensure the sites are safe & to restore access where we can. Thanks again for leaving a review of your visit.
Written 5 January 2024
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Whissonsett
Norwich, UK47 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is beautiful monument in a wonderful location. Everything about it - including the helpful staff in the entrance office - is just right. Except for the ghastly fencing which now surrounds the site.

Please - either replace the barriers with something in keeping with the precious heritage they protect, or visitors with hard hats, or provide free entry with a ’spiritual health warning'. As it is, the owners have decisively trashed the visiting experience.
Written 31 October 2023
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Hi, thanks for your feedback. The Abbey is part of our High Level Masonry inspections programme. We’ve had to put access restrictions in place at some of our sites as we identified safety risks to our staff and visitors due to loose stonework at high level. The abbey grounds, cloister and museum are open for visitors to enjoy. We do appreciate that the fencing detracts from the appearance of our sites, but it’s doing the very important job of keeping our visitors and staff safe. Our priorities are to ensure the sites are safe & to restore access where we can. Thanks again for leaving a review of your visit.
Written 29 November 2023
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,084 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We toured Melrose along with Jedburgh Abbey with our tour group. Both abbey’s (ruins) were roped off and you could not get close. I’m not sure why we even went here when we could have stayed in Dublin and seen some better sites or had time to shop. I would not recommend going there.
Written 5 October 2023
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Hi, thanks for your feedback. The Abbey is part of our High Level Masonry inspections programme. We’ve had to put access restrictions in place at some of our sites as we identified safety risks to our staff and visitors due to loose stonework at high level. The abbey grounds, cloister and museum are open for visitors to enjoy. We do appreciate that the fencing detracts from the appearance of our sites, but it’s doing the very important job of keeping our visitors and staff safe. Our priorities are to ensure the sites are safe & to restore access where we can. Thanks again for leaving a review of your visit.
Written 6 October 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Niall C
Harwich, UK15 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Melrose Abbey is a beautiful visit. The staff were friendly, professional and welcoming. Joanne was brilliant. The Abbey was beautiful; Robert the Bruce's Heart stone was inspiring and the Bagpiping Pig will never be forgotten. I hope to visit again.
Written 25 September 2023
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Susan R
Stirlingshire, UK53 contributions
Sept 2023 • Business
We knew in advance that there was to be restricted access to Melrose Abbey due to ongoing maintenance work. We were delighted on arrival to find that sometimes there is a volunteer guide on hand to show people around. John was excellent! His knowldge of the Abbey and his great humour meant we stayed far longer than we intended. Well done Melrose Abbey for this new option.
Written 24 September 2023
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World traveler
86 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Lovely Abbey and very informative museum. You can’t walk through the Abbey because of the preservation efforts, but you can walk the grounds.
Written 18 August 2023
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ANYA2001
SCOTLAND142 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited Melrose Abbey on a rainy day but we really enjoyed our visit.
Although we couldn’t visit the Abbey ( falling masonry) we could see the grounds and took advantage of the audio guide.

The museum was informative and also worth a visit ( included in the ticket price).
Written 29 June 2023
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Kathleen V
Portland, Oregon200 contributions
Apr 2023
I love taking my small group tours to Melrose Abbey. It's very easy to explore on your own. Disappointed that much of it was blocked off this time due to necessary renovations. It would have been nice to know this in advance.
Written 10 June 2023
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TravelagentHM
Perth, Australia262 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Stunning Abbey viewed through the wrought iron outer wall quite clearly, however we did not go through to view up close due to the building fencing around the whole Abbey itself- doing some restoration work i believe.
Written 28 May 2023
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Bean-astair
Alba154 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
It was extremely disappointing to find that this property, like many of the Historic Scotland properties, is stll partly closed pending inspection of the masonry. Just how long does it take to inspect these properties, all of which have been closed now for over a year? And why is there no projected timetable available so that intending visitors can see when the property they wish to visit was inspected and when it might reopen?
Written 23 May 2023
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Thanks for leaving a review on your visit to the Abbey. The Abbey is currently undergoing important conservation works and while these works are on-going the castle is closed to visitors. The abbey grounds, cloister and museum are open. Unfortunately, we are unable to give specific answers on timescales and reopening dates for this site. However, you can find the latest information on our conservation works by visiting www.historicenvironment.scot/conservation-works-happening-at-our-sites/. This information is updated regularly. We're really sorry that we can't provide more information on the Abbey at this time. Thanks again for taking he time to leave feedback.
Written 9 June 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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