Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

The Borders and the Southwest Sights

Melrose Abbey

  • Abbey St. Map It
  • Melrose
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 11/01/2013

Fodor's Review

Just off Melrose's town square sit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the four Borders abbeys. "If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright, go visit it in the pale moonlight," wrote Scott in The Lay of the Last Minstrel, and so many of his fans took the advice literally that a sleepless custodian begged him to rewrite the lines. Today the abbey is still impressive: a red-sandstone shell with slender windows, delicate tracery, and carved capitals, all carefully maintained. Among the carvings high on the roof is one of a bagpipe-playing pig. An audio tour is included in the admission price. The heart of Robert the Bruce is rumored to be buried here.

Sight Information


Abbey St., Melrose, The Scottish Borders, TD6 9LG, Scotland

Map It



Sight Details:

  • £5.50
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–5:30; Oct.–Mar., daily 9:30–4:30; last entry ½ hr before closing

Updated 11/01/2013


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in The Borders and the Southwest

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss



No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.