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Dryburgh Abbey

Sitting by the Tweed River, its remarkably complete medieval ruins makes it easy to appreciate the attractions of monastic life.

Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh sits by the Tweed River. Its remarkably complete medieval ruins makes it easy to appreciate the attractions of monastic life.

The abbey buildings were destroyed by fire three times and ravaged by war on four occasions but fine examples of ecclesiastic architecture and masonry remain, and its chapter house reveals plaster and paintwork dating back to its inception.


  • The graceful architecture of the transepts – some of the best Gothic church architecture in Scotland.

  • The cloister and its chapter house – remarkably complete, the latter still retaining precious fragments of painted wall plaster.

  • The burial places of Sir Walter Scott and Field-Marshal Earl Haig in the north transept, and the Earl of Buchan in the former sacristy.

  • The grounds around – laid out by the Earl of Buchan in the 18th century, and complementing perfectly the feeling of privileged enclosure
Green Tourism Award - Silver


Region – Scottish Borders
Postcode: TD6 0RQ

Opening arrangements

1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry at 5pm)

1 October - 31 March , Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 10am to 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Admission prices

All year
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

Events at Dryburgh Abbey

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7 October 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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Bolts and Bodkins

Edinburgh Castle

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