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Dryburgh Abbey


2021 Update - The Abbey grounds are open with free entry, but tickets must be pre-booked via the Dryburgh Abbey website

  • 1 May to 30 Sept: Daily, 10am to 4pm
  • 1 Oct to 31 March: Daily, 10am to 4pm

Dryburgh Abbey sits in tranquil woodland by the River Tweed. The setting of Dryburgh is arguably the most peaceful of all the Border abbeys, and maybe this is why David I chose this site in 1150 when he built the monastery for Augustinian Monks. The history of the abbey has not been so peaceful though, it was destroyed by fire three times and ravaged by war on four occasions. Despite this, fine examples of ecclesiastic architecture and masonry remain, and its chapter house reveals plaster and paintwork dating back to its inception.

Sir Walter Scott chose Dryburgh Abbey as his burial place and he has a tomb within a corner of the old abbey ruins. After Scott’s burial in 1832, the abbey remains were restored and a parkland of trees was planted around the abbey buildings.

Dryburgh Abbey is also the burial place of General Haig, who was the Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces during most of World War One. After the war he dedicated his time to caring for the wounded and bereaved.

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Dryburgh, Melrose, Scottish Border TD6 0RQ

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 April to 30 September, Monday to Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm / 1 October to 31 March, Monday to Sunday 10am to 4pm / Last tickets sold 30 mins before closing time. Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st, 2nd January


Adult £ 6.00, Child £ 3.60, Senior £ 4.80













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