Dryburgh Abbey
Dryburgh Abbey
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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  • Chrisgale
    Sheffield, United Kingdom817 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Find a seat and enjoy the peace and tranquillity
    Such a tranquil place to visit, full of history and a lovely walk down to the river. With sheep in nearby fields and fishermen further down the river you could imagine it as it was. Scott’s View is nearby and this is what he looked down on and is buried here. Lovely guy on reception, very cheerful and friendly. Parking and toilets go on a nice day to enjoy views and a walk through time. This isn't fenced off as some of the other Abbeys are.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 29, 2023
  • CLE68
    Scottish Borders, United Kingdom284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful abbey in tranquil setting.
    Beautiful, peaceful abbey and grounds to visit. Setting by the river is lovely and there are plenty of seats available to take time out to relax, enjoy the view and the tranquility. Small gift shop is available which sells ice cream tubs, take away coffee and chocolate bars/ biscuits. A lovely place to visit, soak up the history and atmosphere.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Peter T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rainy day
    What a beautiful place to visit, it was cold and very wet. Hiwever the setting is so beautiful and tranquil it doesnt really matter. Add to that the history of the abbey and you have a location that us well worth a visit. We will be back in warmer weather with a view to havinh a longer look aroubd and possibly a picnic, also a special mention to the lovely lady in the ticket office who couldnt have been more helpful, thank you
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2024
  • mjkibbles
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds so tranquil, lots to see
    My first visit from Newcastle England, its much bigger and more there than I thought, and so tranquil. Also sir Walter Scott is laid to rest here.a bit off the beaten track but I like it like that personally. small shop, parking for maybe 10 cars. Huge shoutout to the member of staff named Lorna, who was so friendly, helpful and kind. One of those people from a visit you remember, she's a credit to Historic Scotland. I will definitely be back.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 6, 2024
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Jacqueline E
456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Chrisgale
Sheffield, UK817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Such a tranquil place to visit, full of history and a lovely walk down to the river. With sheep in nearby fields and fishermen further down the river you could imagine it as it was. Scott’s View is nearby and this is what he looked down on and is buried here. Lovely guy on reception, very cheerful and friendly. Parking and toilets go on a nice day to enjoy views and a walk through time. This isn't fenced off as some of the other Abbeys are.
Written August 29, 2023
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epemberton
North Yorkshire, UK214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 April 30, 2022
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Peter D
Glenfarg, UK139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visiting the borders and decided to visit Dryburgh Abbey. It is a huge site - in really fine condition ( probably almost destroyed by Cromwell).
Great location by the river Tweed.
Would recommend visitors interested in history to visit.
Written January 25, 2020
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Dave A
80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
In the area cramming as much as possible into a couple of days. This was a highlight. A great ruin in a tranquil location. Didn’t realise General Haig was buried here nor Walter Scott. Hardly anyone else there so was a really nice visit!
Written January 4, 2020
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PJandSJ
Matlock, UK1,257 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 July 22, 2022
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Jacqueline E
456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 September 20, 2022
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CLE68
Scottish Borders, UK284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Beautiful, peaceful abbey and grounds to visit. Setting by the river is lovely and there are plenty of seats available to take time out to relax, enjoy the view and the tranquility.
Small gift shop is available which sells ice cream tubs, take away coffee and chocolate bars/ biscuits.
A lovely place to visit, soak up the history and atmosphere.
Written October 15, 2023
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TartanWanderer
England, UK3,995 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 November 13, 2022
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alexmaclennan
Glasgow290 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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