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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  • Lovely abbey very well preserved for a ruin. I wish we could see it in its day and full glory. The tiny stairs that bring you up to the roof are a must ..the view is gorgeous!
  • It's well done but not the most exciting place. Melrose is a cool little town. It a nice break from the city.
  • An amazing place to walk around with so much history.this was our second visit to explore round the abbey and grounds 😊
  • Melrose Abbey is a truly breathtaking ruin. I visited on a snowy day and it was simply enchanting. It seems huge, and you can even go up the tower and see the Abbey and the surroundings from the top. Don't miss the gargoyle of the piggy playing the bagpipes!
  • Beautiful abbey, amazing place with a very interesting quiz for kids (and parents !) They had fun too thanks to it !
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