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Opening times

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Last entry 5pm

1 Oct to 31 Mar:
Daily, 10am to 4pm
Last entry 3.30pm





There is a pay and display public car park 75m from the abbey (Scottish Borders Council) with one accessible bay. It is free in the winter. There is also on-road parking nearer to the site.

Approach to site 

There is a level tarmac pavement from the car park. 

Visitor centre

Entry to the ticket office is through a 78cm wide door, with a 7cm step at the threshold. The exit is down eight stone steps with handrails on both sides.

There is a level/ramped access route into the site via a locked gate to the churchyard. Staff can unlock the gate on request. The gate is 2.8m wide, and the ground is uneven.


The path from the ticket office to the abbey is a level cobbled surface. There is also ramped access (at a 1:10 gradient) to the church from the graveyard.

A roof top view is accessible through a doorway of 130cm high and 86cm wide, via a stone spiral staircase of 74 steps with a rope handrail on the inside only, and a small, low doorway giving access to the viewing platform.

The cloister has a grass path around it and a grass access ramp access from the nave. It can also be accessed from within the church down a ramp of 1:7 gradient. From the cloister you can also visit the remains of the chapter house down a ramp of 1:8 gradient. 

The Commendator’s House is separated by Cloister Road to the north and is accessed by four stone steps down from the cloister level, and then up seven stone steps with a wooden handrail on one side. 

There are gates with sliding latches on both sides of Cloister Road. There is a 42m long gravel surfaced path to the house with a gradient of 1:24. The house has a heavy wooden door, which is 88cm wide. There is a ramp of 1:11 gradient crossing the threshold of the commendator's house. 

Access to the first floor of the house is via a wooden staircase of fifteen even steps and three stone steps 84cm wide with a handrail on the inside only. 


The paths and grounds are either gravel or grass, which can be slippery in wet weather.

Special features

Audio tour handsets are available to borrow free of charge. Audio tours include a version for visitors with learning difficulties.


there are toilets at the east end of the site via six stone steps with no handrails. 

The nearest adapted toilet is on Abbey Street, 170m away. 


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

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

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended. A no fouling rule applies at all our sites.

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