Melrose Abbey

Scottish Borders | Melrose | Abbey & museum | ★★★★

[Melrose Abbey]

At the heart of Melrose is Melrose Abbey, a Cistercian monastery dating to 1146 and the decades immediately after. If you only have time to visit one of the town's attractions this should be it. Although the nave only survives to foundation level, this and the huge transepts, choir and crossing are more than enough to communicate the building's former size. Ornately carved gargoyles and statues add to the grandeur (look out for the bagpipe-playing pig...), while large sections of the surrounding lay ranges are still visible on the north side, giving you a feel for abbey life beyond the central building. Many visitors are likely unaware that their tickets also cover the Commendator's House Museum immediately to the north; this 14th century building showcases hundreds of medieval artefacts found around the abbey cloister.

[View from the interior]

Location & info

📌 Melrose Abbey ★★★★
Abbey Street, Melrose town centre, G.R.: NT 549342 ///myth.resembles.tweed
Open daily | £6 adult / £3.60 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members

📌 Commendator's House Museum ★★
Cloisters Road, Melrose town centre, G.R.: NT 548343 ///mascot.ruler.unicorns
Opening times as for Melrose Abbey (above) | Included in admission to Melrose Abbey (above)



[Commendator's House Museum]

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