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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  • On our journey from Edinburgh through the southern roads of Scotland we decided to make a stop in Melrose to see the abbey. So glad we did. The architecture is gorgeous and well worth the stop to wand...  more »
  • Abbey in the town of Melrose where, according to tradition, was buried the heart of William the Bruce mythical King of Scotland. If you are traveling is a must see, there will be a ticket and an audioguide in English only. The place is very impressive
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  • We were very impressed with the tour guide and gained an insight into our amazing history at this beautiful Abbey. The view from the top of the tower was awesome but it did take a toll on our legs. I ...  more »
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  • Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry..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. Ita a little expensive place.
  • Great experience. Not too overwhelming as compared to other historical sites. View from the top is worth it...after climbing spiral continuous steps! 😁
  • An amazing piece of history. The free audio guide was very informative and there was a nice view of the village from the top. Well worth the visit!
  • Very interesting, hundreds of years of history. Parking right outside, cafe next to car park. Get an audio guide, explained it well
  • Excellent place to visit. Well worth the small entrance fee. The view from the top of the tower is stunning.

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