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Access

Special arrangements are currently in place at Dryburgh Abbey, to comply with Scottish Government guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic. These arrangements are detailed below, and will be regularly updated.

Although things may be a little different, we hope that you will have an enjoyable visit and will be greeted with a warm and friendly smile by staff.

Safety measures

  • Our staff have been trained in hygiene and physical distancing and have been provided with the necessary PPE
  • Signage is on site to guide visitors, including one way systems and marked areas that are currently closed to visitors
  • We have introduced enhanced cleaning measures, including our toilet facilities, to make visitors feel comfortable while visiting
  • In line with Scottish Government legislation and guidance, face coverings are now mandatory if you are visiting any indoor/enclosed spaces at our sites including retail and catering areas (subject to some exceptions)

Watch our video on what to expect when you visit our sites

Carers tickets

In line with best practice in the visitor attractions industry and as advised by Capability Scotland, visitors with disabilities are treated on an equal basis with all other visitors and entry is charged at the appropriate admission category rate - Adult/Concession/Child. Proof of disability is not required.

We offer free entry for carers accompanying visitors with disabilities. To book a free carer ticket, please email ticketing@hes.scot and quote your order number.

Parking

The small, level tarmac car park has two accessible bays.

Approach to site

The visitor centre is 100m from the car park along a path paved with concrete slabs. It is mainly on the level with a slight incline near a gate.

A 130m-long level concrete path leads from the visitor centre to the monument. There is a short section of gravel where the gradient is steeper than 1:10.

Dogs

Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Dryburgh Abbey, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

What will be open during your visit

  • All grounds open, except stone cellars and spiral stairs in the dormitory 
  • Toilets
  • Parking

Visitor centre

The ticket office has step-free access. The exit is down a slightly sloping concrete ramp with a handrail on one side.

Monument

The abbey nave and transepts have a short grass surface, which is firmer in dry weather. There are also areas of stone paving slabs.

There is a step-free, 100m-long, gravel path around the site to the gatehouse and refectory (both of which are also surfaced in gravel).

A flight of 10 uneven stone steps (no handrail) leads from the nave down into the cloister. An alternative route from the refectory up into the cloister has 12 steps with a handrail on one side.

The chapter house in the cloister is down a single historic stone step and 10 modern timber steps with handrails on both sides.

Toilets

Nearest adapted toilet is about 4 miles away at:

St Boswells bus stance
Main Street
St Boswells

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Opening times

1 Nov to 31 Mar:
Daily except Fri & Sat, 10am to 4pm

The abbey will be open on Sat 28 Nov.

Advance booking required.

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