Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey, St. Boswells

Dryburgh Abbey
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
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
About
The grounds are now open and free of charge. The abbey remains closed for now. 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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Elsie C
24 contributions
desperate for a coffee.
Nov 2021
Dryburgh Abbey closed as tree had fallen over but could walk around the outside. Went to the hotel to see about getting a coffee and although they were not really open for passing trade they were very welcoming and made us cafetiere coffee and even brought us some shortbread biscuits in a very comfortable lounge overlooking the grounds. Very kind and friendly people.
Written November 4, 2021
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ALISON H
Harrogate, UK609 contributions
Lovely grounds and venerable trees
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 September 26, 2021
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Jacqueline E
383 contributions
Location
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 August 4, 2021
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tedgatti F
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,140 contributions
Excellent!
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 June 1, 2021
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MyWhiteCat
Hertfordshire, UK125 contributions
Well worth a visit
May 2021
Interesting Abbey in a peaceful location. Good signage and reasonable amount to see. Only issue was that the toilets were shut for a very long clean and then locked.
Written May 27, 2021
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alexmaclennan
Glasgow289 contributions
Well worth a visit
May 2021
Covid restrictions meant we had to book a timeslot while walking the Borders Abbeys WAy. . Great ancient building to wonder around. The intact chapterhouse is spooky with the faint plainsong from the hidden speakers. Fabulous trees in grounds. Well worth visiting
Written May 24, 2021
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Ada F
4 contributions
Fabulous
May 2021 • Family
As young adults, we were excited by all the photo opportunities. We also liked all the signs & info.
Written May 16, 2021
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK3,599 contributions
Good
Aug 2020
Very good abbey. Not a lot of it remains. Sadly closed due to COVID 19 which is nonsense because it’s outdoors and in a large area but remember safety comes first.
Written August 4, 2020
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Brandon F
Murrieta, CA56 contributions
Wow!
Apr 2019
This place was amazing! We loved walking through the grounds and taking pictures. If you come right after a rain, you'll be rewarded with wonderful pictures of the sun peaking through the clouds through the abbey's windows. Loved seeing Sir Walter Scott's grave as well as hearing about the Fat Lips legend.
Written March 2, 2020
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Rickthearmourer
Lincoln, UK3 contributions
Well worth a visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
Tranquil place. Final resting place of General Haig which was interesting and also Walter Scott. Saw an otter playing in the river and catching fish which made our day. Staff were very friendly.
Written March 1, 2020
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Dryburgh Abbey is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM