Melrose Abbey - Historic Scotland

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

Venue Type:

Museum, Sacred space

Opening hours

April 1 - September 30:
Mon to Sun - 09:30, last entry 18:00 (closes At 18:30)

October 1 - March 31:
Mon to Sat - 09:30, last entry 16:00 (closes At 16:30)
Sun 14:00 to last entry 16:00 (closes At 16:30).

Admission charges

Adult £3.50
Child £1.20
Concs £2.50
Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


  • Historic Scotland

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Social History

Melrose Abbey - Historic Scotland
Melrose Abbey
Scottish Borders



General Enquiries


General Enquiries

01896 822562

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