Melrose Abbey, Melrose

Visit Melrose Abbey, the ruins of a Gothic abbey built in 1146, for an atmospheric reminder of medieval times. Originally the first Cistercian monastery in Scotland, the English attacked repeatedly and eventually destroyed it in the 1500s. The ruins are renowned for the intricately sculptured motifs on the remaining walls. Most are typical religious icons such as demons and angels, but don’t miss the bagpipe-playing pig. Visit the museum inside with artifacts found during restoration of the site. Use the free audio guide and find the marker on the lawn where they buried the embalmed heart of legendary Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce. Bundle up for visits during colder months. Melrose Abbey is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Melrose Edition.
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  • Very beautiful ruins of an Abbey! The architecture is complex and worthy of interest! We did not visit but did the tour of the Abbey through a public road that runs alongside the building.
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  • Very nice even in the rain! Ruins emerged a powerful atmosphere. We had a family pass with which we visited the Castle d Edinburgh, and that of Loch Ness. Financially interesting.
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  • On a tour, we stopped in Melrose to visit the Abbey and have lunch and enjoyed a very good meal at one of the cafes initially. I think our error was assuming the Abbey was similar to others we were du...  more »
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  • Gives a real sense of history in the middle of Melrose. Slightly tricky to negotiate with a pushchair but worth the effort
  • Gorgeous ruin. Engaging audio tour for those into Christian or borders history... As long as you don't mind a touch of Protestant bias.
  • Loved the experience. The place is huge and soo beautiful that the experience is really worth it! Recommended!
  • Best of the border abbeys and an amazing view from the top of the stairs.
  • If you are planning on going to more than one of the border Abbey's - make sure to enquire about the Abbey Pass and Passport.

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