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Dryburgh Abbey is a five star attraction

31 March 2009

Dryburgh Abbey has yet again been ranked as one of the country’s best visitor attractions.

VisitScotland has renewed the castle’s coveted five-star status for a sixth year, marking it out as somewhere visitors can be confident of a warm welcome, excellent facilities and an super day out.

The assessments are made by mystery inspectors who turn up at attractions unannounced and only reveal their identity at the end.

The inspector’s report praised the castle staff for their friendliness and helpfulness.

Rowley Duncan, monument manager, said: “I am delighted that Dryburgh has retained its five star status.

“We always work hard to make sure that visitors have a warm welcome and enjoyable visit.

“A lot of people come back here time and again because it’s such a beautiful setting and has such a sense of tranquillity.

“Some days you can sit down in the cloisters and it’s like being back in the 15th century, there are none of the sounds of the modern world, it’s just peaceful.

“A lot of people come here just to recharge their batteries.”

Notes for editors

  • Dryburgh Abbey is eight miles south east of Melrose on the B6404. Admission is £4.70 for adults, £3.70 for concessions and £2.35 for children. Telephone 01835 822381.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.




For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk