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Melrose Abbey, Melrose
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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 international travel planner, Melrose Edition.
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  • The story behind the abbey was very interesting. The way it lite at night is very nice. There isn't much to see but the ruined walls but you can see what was here. 
  • On a dull afternoon, this largely deserted set of ruins had a really quite awe-inspiring feel about them. It was unusual to see a ruin with an intact roof over the chancel (a relic of it being used as...  more »
  • We realised that the Abbey was lit at night and so we went to take photos in the evening after dinner. The abbey looked quite magical. We also could see the abbey from the Eildon hills and that is als...  more »
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  • We didnt have time to go in but it looks lovely. The gardens opposite were splendid.
  • Well worth the low entrance price, even without stopping at the museum.
  • Impressive looking site and a nice museum out the back if you have time. Limited parking near by and the road to it is rather a squeeze. Audio guide not very helpful
  • Fascinating ruins of a worker's abbey use the audio guide to learn who sponsored the abbey and why look up to see carved corbels& gargoyles of particular interest. Then just a short walk to a giftshop with a cafe upstairs
  • The Great remnant of Scottish Borders History, magnificently maintained in its current condition.