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Melrose Abbey, Melrose

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Ruin Architectural Building
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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  • Very historic and we'll preserved ruin with a lot of history. Always amazing to learn this trials and tribulations these religiosity homes faced.  more »
  • This was our second trip to Melrose. The cathedral is amazing. Have seen something new very time. The little carving and fun to find. It's amazing the detail and size of Melrose. How did they build th...  more »
  • The Abbey is well worth a visit and only a few steps away from the car/coach park. The town is lovely and full of interesting little shops  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.