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Access

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.

What will be open during your visit

  • Site grounds including the Robert the Bruce heart site
  • Cloister
  • Museum
  • Toilets
  • Tour through the abbey with our audio guide using your own mobile phone - included in ticket price. You'll need internet access. We'll show you how to load the guide in an email before you arrive

What will be closed during your visit

  • All interior areas of the abbey. This is due to essential conservation works and a safety perimeter is in place while these works are ongoing. 
  • The accessible entrance route is currently closed due to high-level masonry inspections. Unfortunately, this means there is currently no wheelchair access to the site.

Visiting the site

Parking

There is a Pay and Display public car park 75m from the abbey (run by Scottish Borders Council) with two accessible bay. There is also on-road parking nearer to the site.

Approach to the site

During the pandemic, visitors are being asked to form a socially-distanced queue along the pavement next to the abbey. They will then be admitted to the site by staff.

The site is approached along a level tarmac path.

Dogs

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 at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

Toilets

Toilets are at the east end of the site via 6 stone steps with no handrails. The nearest adapted toilet is on Abbey Street, 170m away.

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Opening times

The abbey grounds, cloister and museum are open. Some areas remain closed as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 5pm

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

Booking in advance is recommended to guarantee entry.

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