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Melrose Abbey, Melrose

Categories: Ruins, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Enjoyed a very pleasant 2 hours wandering around the site. The audio guide which is included in the entrance fee is full of useful information and makes the tour so interesting. Could easily have spen...  read more »
  • I didn't leave myself much time but I wandered thru the ruins and the cemetery. There is excellent signage about what you are seeing and the history. It was a gray, drizzly day which somehow suited th...  read more »
  • This was a great visit. Good audio tour. The steps to the top of the Abbey and the views made this over the top. Price was great. 
  • Beautiful remains of one of Scotland's most important abbeys. Includes a small museum housing objects found in the area.
  • One of the first places we visited here in Scotland. Well worth it to see the spectacular ruins of the Abbey and to find the heart of Robert the Bruce.
  • A beautiful copy is in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan . It's called The Kirk In The Hills.and we have a stone from Melrose abbey which we value a lot. It is a Presbyterian Church with well over a 1000 members. If you want to see what Melrose abbey would look like today with stained class windows, come see us.
  • We visited the abbey a while ago and although it looked like a beautiful place we were unfortunately unable to enjoy it as a wedding was taking place inside the abbey which meant that we had to merely walk around the outside and then leave, we were not told before purchasing the tickets that our visit would be limited which ruined it as we are too far away to warrant another visit.
  • Such great views! Good for photographs and a good few hours out. Would definitely recommend and a must see!
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