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  • Address: Cloisters Road
  • Hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm (until 4:30pm in Winter)
  • Admission: Adults: £5.20, Children: £3.10
Even in its ruined state Melrose Abbey exudes an air of authority. The site, a product of the 12th-century ecclesiastical building boom, was built for the Cistercian order during the reign of King David I. The graceful arched window frames are a product of later rebuilding in the Gothic style, and the intricate stone carvings of that era are still very much in evidence.

As well as its spiritual role, this is an important historic location as the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. The site was much envied by the English who attacked it repeatedly over the centuries, and you can still see marks left by Oliver Cromwell’s cannons during the English Civil Wars.

Practical Info

The town of Melrose is on the River Tweed, around an hour’s drive south of Edinburgh.

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Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Visit Rosslyn Chapel and learn the truth about the Holy Grail on a "Da Vinci Code" tour to the Scottish Borders. You'll hear the true history of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.14

Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Join this small group tour (maximum 16 passengers) and travel to the amazing and mysterious 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, across the historic Scotland/England ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $66.97

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

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Enjoy free entry to 78 of Scotland's top attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass – a flexible sightseeing pass that allows you to visit the sites ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 day and 7 day passes available

From USD $44.65

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