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Discover a place so beloved by Robert the Bruce, he chose it as the final resting place for his heart. Melrose Abbey is a magnificent ruin on a grand scale, and it was a highly desirable place to be buried.

David I founded Scotland’s first Cistercian monastery in 1136. Being so close to the border, Melrose Abbey suffered at English hands during the Middle Ages. Rebuilt in the 1380s, it was used as an abbey until the Protestant Reformation of 1560. Afterwards, the existing monks were allowed to stay on: the last died in 1590.

What to see and do

  • Admire the graceful architecture of the abbey church, among Britain’s finest church architecture of the late 1300s
  • Take in the charming sculpture – look out for the famous bagpipe-playing Melrose pig
  • Step inside the chapter house, where a heart believed to be that of Robert the Bruce is buried
  • Visit the Commendator’s House Museum to see a rich collection of medieval objects found in the abbey cloister
  • Download a map of the abbey to discover the highlights
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz while exploring the abbey or give our wordsearch a try.
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Opening times

The abbey grounds, cloister and museum are now open and we are delighted to welcome you back.

Advance booking required.

1 Apr to 30 Sept:
Daily, 10am to 5pm
Last entry 4pm


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