Melrose Abbey

Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys

Abbey Street, Melrose, Melrose, TD6 9LG

    Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry.

    Probably the most famous ruin in Scotland, the abbey was founded by David I in 1136 for the Cistercian Order, and it was largely destroyed by Richard II's English army in 1385. The surviving remains of the church are of the early 15th century, and are of an elegance unsurpassed in Scotland. Objects found during excavation are displayed in the Commendator's House.

    The exterior of this magnificent ruin is decorated by unusual sculptures, including hobgoblins, cooks with ladles and a bagpipe playing pig.

    The abbey is also thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, marked with a commemorative carved stone plaque within the grounds.

    An alternative route around the abbey avoids steps. The church, cloister and museum grounds are suitable for visitors using wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. Audio tour tapes are available, including a version for visitors with learning difficulties.

     

    Gradings
    5 Historic Attraction
    Awards
    Mobility difficulties Cyclists Welcome Green Tourism Silver
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Winter Opening Times
    1 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

    Summer
    Monday to Sunday 9.30am - 5.30pm

    Winter
    Monday to Sunday 9.30 - 4.30pm

    Ticket Information
    Type
    Tariff
    Adult £5.50 per ticket
    Child £3.30 per ticket
    Concession £4.40 per ticket

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Catering

    • Shop

    Domestic

    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Special Requirements

    • Business Travellers
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Children

    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome

    Facilities

    • ASVA Member
    • Picnic Area

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card

    Transport

    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site
    • Parking

    Road Directions

    In Melrose off the A7 or A68.

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