Melrose Abbey and Gardens

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78 Union Street (Rt 135), Melrose, United Kingdom

Melrose Abbey and Gardens Reviews

pfsmalo pfsmalo
161 reviews
Melrose, Scotland a walkabout. Oct 19, 2017
Melrose is a pretty quiet little place being bypassed by main roads to and from Edinburgh, although with its attractions and tourist sites weekends can be quite hectic in its narrow one-way system. The major draw is the old Abbey ruins, set up by King David and the Cistercian monks in the late 12th c. The abbey suffered greatly throughout the wars with the English and had its final days after the Reformation in 1560. Tickets are around £6 per adult. Just to see ruins there are places around the abbey where you can get decent views.

Close by the ruins are the Priorwood and Harmony gardens, well worth a look round. Not sure if there are entrance fees, nobody stopped us from just walking around for a while.

Following down Abbey road and a left onto Chain bridge road will take you to the Chain suspension bridge and old tollhouse. Built in 1826 just to carry foot traffic to and from Melrose to Gattonside. The tollhouse is now private and houses a bike/canoe rental and touring company.

The Mercat cross on the town square was originally in front of the abbey and is much renovated from its original shape and form, now with a unicorn at the top.
Ruins of Melrose Abbey.
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davejo says:
Whem i was young the only main road to Edinburgh passes right by the abbey
Posted on: Oct 19, 2017
Maurizioago says:
I visited Melrose and the abbey very long ago.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2017
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
A fine little place Nov 12, 2010
I am sometimes at a loss to know whether to say garden or gardens - but not here. there are two separate gardens, both owned by the National Trust for Scotland, Harmony Garden and Priorwood Garden. I am assuming you might want to see both but, if you only have time for one, Priorwood would be my choice for its orchard area with many old varieties of apple trees and its specialism in dried flowers.

As for the Abbey, it's one of the four Border Abbeys. The other three, Dryburgh, jedburgh and kelso are already the subjects of reviews. Melrose is the ome I remember leadt but I think that relates far more to the weather than to any deficiency in the Abbey.

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