Dryburgh Abbey
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The grounds are now open and free of charge. The abbey nave, including Sir Walter Scott's tomb, is now open with a small charge. Find out more and book at restarthistory.scot. First established in 1150, Dryburgh Abbey became the premier house in Scotland of the Premonstratensian order and today continues to have a peaceful atmosphere. Despite having been set on fire three times, the chapter house features paintwork that dates back to its construction and today boasts some of the best Gothic architecture in Scotland. These graceful ruins became the burial place of David Eskrine, 11th Earl of Buchan in 1829, and three years later his friend Sir Walter Scott was also buried here.
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TartanWanderer
England, UK3,911 contributions
Nov 2022
A wonderful place to visit on a day out. Some areas are closed for renovation right now. Normal for ancient monuments!

Well kept grounds, information boards and some interesting headstones in the grave yard.
Written 13 November 2022
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland4,149 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The ground of this abbey are very pretty and well manicured. Since much of the abbey is off limits due to restoration it doesn’t take long to see. It was still a worthwhile stop.
Written 9 October 2022
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Davidwwalker
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Oct 2022 • Couples
Very atmospheric in a beautiful setting by the River Tweed with lots of interesting Information Boards. A huge thank you to Ian Cranston who was delightfully informative and extremely helpful. Well worth a visit!
Written 3 October 2022
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Jacqueline E
426 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Since our last visit, historic Scotland have opened a bit more of this site, and it’s now possible to view the graves of Sir Walter Scott and Earl Haig. They have also added banners to the barriers explaining what you are looking at.
It’s a big site offering good views over the Tweed and some magnificent trees dotted across the site.
Written 20 September 2022
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richard r
Borgue, UK127 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
This.small site has interesting ruins of an abbey with the normal informative HES signage.
The graves of Sir Walter Scott and Field Marshall Haig (Your Country needs you) added interest.
There were also some very interesting and old trees mostly from the late 1700s,but on Yew from 1100!
The site does not get a higher rating however because of HES's mad scheme to fence every thing off - keeping you away from the building, because of high level masonry dangers.
Written 28 August 2022
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Thanks for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the abbey, and we are sorry for any disappointment caused by the current restrictions. As you may know, the current restrictions were put in place following some sample surveys which we conducted last year. These surveys identified potentially concerning masonry at high level, and the access restrictions were put in place to ensure that visitors and staff were not exposed to any risks. Winter weather meant we had to pause this inspection work, but we used that time to plan and prioritise a programme of inspections, which began this May, as well as to develop and carry out specialist training for our staff who are performing the inspections. Our aim is to provide as much public access as safely as possible to our sites. As the project progresses, we will look for ways to safely allow at least partial access to our sites. While there is there is currently some restricted access areas of the site, The abbey nave, including Sir Walter Scott’s Tomb, grounds, shop and toilets are open. Full details of what parts of the abbey will remain closed, and what will be open will be kept up to date on our website. We are sorry for the impact on your visit caused by these precautions. Please be assured that we are working hard to make sure that the abbey buildings that remain closed are safe to re-open for the public and our staff. Thanks again for your feedback.
Written 2 September 2022
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PJandSJ
Matlock, UK1,257 contributions
Jun 2022
We strolled here from the eponymous hotel where we were staying overnight, located just a 2-minute stroll away.
We happened to visit at a time when repairs were being carried out, and we couldn’t explore the abbey up close – we had to satisfy ourselves with gazing at it as we walked around the perimeter (though it was, at least, free to enter the site during this period …). Even so, it was a pleasant place to visit, and would, I suspect, be better still in normal times!
Written 22 July 2022
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epemberton
North Yorkshire, UK128 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Beautiful site and with free entry it’s a great place to have a wonder around the grounds. There’s a little shop on site too.

The abbey was closed off while masonry repairs are carried out but you can still see it through the safety barriers.

Also worth noting that dogs on leads are welcome at the site.
Written 30 April 2022
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ALISON H
Harrogate, UK640 contributions
Sep 2021
The Abbey is currently closed , for safety reasons as there are concerns for the condition of the walls so you can't see Scott's , or Earl Haig's graves which are inside what is left of the building . Interesting that the reason it is ruined is because of raids by the English , not the result of a rapacious ruler seeing a ready source of money . The grounds are very attractive , grass and gravestones , and a yew tree alleged to be a thousand years old . The trees are a particular feature of the grounds many planted by a previous owner of the big house that is now the hotel , and there are views of the river too .
Written 26 September 2021
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Jacqueline E
426 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Some confusion about what was open on this site. The Historic Scotland app suggested that this was fully open on the day of our visit, however, on arrival, down a very narrow lane, we discovered that the buildings themselves were off limits ( risk of falling masonry). However, the site itself is worth walking round, it’s beautifully landscaped , some significant trees, and a great view along the river, with a slight chance of spotting otters.
The staff on site were extremely friendly and keen to ensure that everyone enjoyed their visit and stayed safe.
Written 4 August 2021
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tedgatti F
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,196 contributions
May 2021
In an amazingly tranquil setting Dryburgh Abbey was by far the best we visited whilst touring Scotland.

With some parts dating back to the mid 1100s the carving and even some wall painting still remain.

On the North Wall you can clearly see a Merelles Board scratched into the stone by the masons who were building the Abbey.

The North Transept has the best carving remaining although throughout are some beautiful designs.

The Parlour has a number of carved stones taken from different areas of he Abbey and the Chapter House still retains some Medieval Paintwork.

There are plenty of picnic tables in the large grassed area that surrounds the Abbey and it is a super place to sit and contemplate.

We really only visited to see Sir Walter Scott's tomb but found it to be much, much more than just that.
Written 1 June 2021
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