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Address: Kelso, Scotland
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This 12th-century abbey was one of the finest examples of Romanesque...

This 12th-century abbey was one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture.

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Kelso Abbey is a wonderful example of 12th Century Architecture.

The Abbey is open and free to all. There is only a small corner of the Abbey left and it is quite difficult to imagine how huge it was in its prime. If you stand with your back... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kelso, United Kingdom
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Art gallery very nice tho prices prohibitive . Coffee shops which could be the pulse of the place , can't seem to say thank you or goodbye much less than " see you again " etc Ironic that a sign in a shop doorway about local business said " use us or lose us " .. Perhaps it was the... More 

Thank Northernman2012
Kelso, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Abbey is open and free to all. There is only a small corner of the Abbey left and it is quite difficult to imagine how huge it was in its prime. If you stand with your back to the Abbey looking toward the Knowes Car Park and imagine that the Abbey once stretched way beyond the car park you... More 

Thank SheilaTA2016
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small area of ruins almost in the centre of Kelso. A fascinating story and small enough that children would not get bored.

Thank SJG231
Guisborough, North Yorkshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

A ruined Abbey with much to commend it within walking distance of town centre. Not massive so can be seen in a short while

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Abernethy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Also added attraction at night no silly touristas , well we all believe that everyone else is one ? Free entrance and clean tidy and well maintained .

Thank Cameron1959
Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Not a lot remains of this 12th century abbey other than some facade remnants. Worth a look-see (about 15 minutes) if you happen to be in Kelso, but do not go out of your way. Other Border Abbeys at Jedburgh and Melrose are far better.

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

There is no charge for admission to the abbey site so one if free to wander at leisure through what remains of this important historic building. The abbey dates from the 1100s and used to be one of Scotland's wealthiest religious houses. There is now nothing left of the monastery precinct but one can gain a sense of its history... More 

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Birmingham England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

What a wonderful opportunity to short stroll around an ancient monument with helpful guide notes posted around it. Well worth a visit.

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Bury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Worth a walk up to the end of the high street to have a look at the remains of Kelso Abbey. No charge, but there again doesn't demand more than 15 minutes to look around.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

It must have been spectacular when complete but is now a shattered ruin and only a fraction of the original building. Some high quality stone carvings still in existence. Free when open.

Thank Alastair W

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