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“Nice Ruins”
Review of Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey
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US$56.30*
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Borders and Alnwick Castle Tour from Edinburgh
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Melrose
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 July 2010

Nice ruined abbey, terrific cemetery and ancient ruins. Not really that extensive of a site though - not worth a long drive, but worth a visit if you are in the area.

Thank Kent W
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Reviewed 1 November 2009

Very interesting with bags of information on its history, quirky architecture and the monks who lived here. It's virtually on Melrose High Street which itself is worth a visit and the Abbey is the best thing in Melrose.

Thank DrKnowHertfordshire
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Reviewed 28 October 2006

Melrose Abbey was really neat. The setting was lovely and the ruins magnificent. You can still see lots of detail, and also hints of detail that had been. Lots to explore, and a climb up a tower to a nice view. The audio guide is a must - it tells you quite a bit about the ruins and points out details you would otherwise miss. The desk said the audio guide tour would be about 30 minutes, but with options you could easily spend much, much more than that. Highly recommended.

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