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Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey Review

The final resting place of Sir Walter Scott and his wife, and the most peaceful and secluded of the Borders abbeys, the "gentle ruins" of Dryburgh Abbey sit on parkland in a loop of the Tweed. The abbey, founded in 1150, suffered from English raids until, like Melrose, it was abandoned in 1544. The style is transitional, a mingling of rounded Romanesque and pointed early English. The north transept, where the Haig and Scott families lie buried, is lofty and pillared, and once formed part of the abbey church.

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  • Address: B6404, Melrose, TD6 0RQ | Map It
  • Phone: 01835/822381
  • Cost: £5
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–5:30; Oct.–Mar., daily 9:30–4:30; last entry ½ hr before closing
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  • Location: Melrose
Updated: 10-08-2013

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