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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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  • -beautiful Melrose abbey. Is easily accessible near the small town of fine Melrose. Informative Customer Centre, easily understandable audioguiding. Exciting told about a great time in the history of Scotland
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  • You've got to hand it to the Cistercians; even their ruins are excellently-located, far enough from the madding crowd for a bit of peace yet conveniently near to trading routes - so there's always a d...  more »
  • Like all the great Borders Abbeys, Melrose was comprehensively sacked by the armies of Henry VIII in the "Rough Wooing" of 1544. Famously, the heart of Robert the Bruce is alleged to be buried in a ca...  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.