Melrose Abbey, tel 01896 822562, open daily: summer(25 March - 30 September) 9.30AM-6.30PM (last entry 6PM); winter (1 October - 24 March) 9.30AM-4.30PM (last entry 4PM), closed 25-26 December and 1-2 January, admission adult £4.00, child £1.60, concessions £3.00 - supposed site of the burial of the heart of Scottish king Robert the Bruce, Melrose Abbey was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks on the request of King David I of Scotland. Renowned for intricate stone carvings.
Abbotsford House, 2 miles west of Melrose town centre - the former home of the great late Georgian novelist Sir Walter Scott, privately-owned yet open to the public. OPEN 21 Mar - 31 Oct; Mon-Sat 9.30AM-5PM; Sun Jun-Sep 9.30AM-5PM; Mar-May & Oct 2PM-5PM. Tel. 01896 752043
National Trust for Scotland gardens - there are two in Melrose.