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Five shiny stars for Dryburgh

18 April 2008

Historic Scotland is pleased to announce that Dryburgh Abbey has retained its five star VisitScotland rating. The Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme has been operating since 1995, and gives operators an independent quality assurance award and incorporates the inspection of properties for ‘Thistle’ tourist signposting.

Situated on the banks of the River Tweed, Dryburgh Abbey is a remarkably complete medieval ruin where visitors can appreciate the history of monastic life. The abbey buildings were destroyed by fire three times and ravaged by war on four occasions, and yet fine examples of ecclesiastic architecture and masonry remain.

The Abbey is situated in a parkland landscape where there are many fine, large trees including the Dryburgh Yew which is one of the most important trees in Scotland.

Fiona Kantzidis, District Visitor Services Manager, said;

“We are delighted to have retained our five star rating at Dryburgh Abbey. The team work very hard to ensure visitors have the best experience they can and it’s great to see that all their hard work is recognised. We had a great public response in the last financial year with over 22,500 visitors taking time to explore and enjoy what the Abbey has to offer, and we look forward to welcoming more visitors over the next year.”

Dryburgh Abbey offers a range of facilities for visitors including a gift shop, picnic area, parking, reasonable wheelchair access and bicycle racks.

Notes for editors

  • Dryburgh Abbey is located 8 miles south-east of Melrose on the B6404, near St Boswells. The postcode is TD6 0RQ.

  • Dryburgh Abbey is open daily 09.30 to 17.30 21 March to 30 September, and 09.30 to 16.30 1 October to 31 March. Tel: 01835 822 381.

  • Admission is adult £4.70, concession £3.70 and child £2.10.
  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For details visit

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Participation in the VisitScotland Quality Assurance inspection scheme involves a visit by a VisitScotland Quality Advisor to verify that the attraction satisfies VisitScotland’s requirements in a qualitative assessment of the condition and standard of facilities and services provided and that the Code of Conduct is being fulfilled. For further information visit

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763