Jedburgh Travel Guide

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    JEDBURGH ABBEY
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    JEDBURGH ABBEY
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    Jedburgh Castle Jail
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Jedburgh Things to Do

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    by Drever Updated Mar 3, 2014

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    Driving up the A68 into Jedburgh, the ruins of 12th century Jedburgh Abbey, standing supreme on the high ground to the north of Jed Water grasp my attention. The remarkably complete Romanesque and early Gothic buildings have a tranquil stillness unlike their history. The abbey's Augustinian Canons believed that God could be best discovered in the company of friends. Friendship was rare. Only eight miles from the English border -- the abbey suffered in Anglo-Scottish wars. It was constantly rebuilding and repairing war damage.

    Attacks in the mid 1500s followed by the Reformation spelt death for the Abbey. Features surviving include the great rose window on the western front, vaulting columns and arches plus a cloister and herb garden. The visitor centre has stone carvings dating back to the 8th century and priceless artefacts excavated from the grounds. .

    The town of Jedburgh reposes behind the abbey - built largely of stone from the abbey. Rebuilding the town like the abbey was frequent. From the 1200s to the 1500s English armies passed through going north, and the Scots going south. Why didn’t the inhabitants find somewhere quieter to live, I wonder? Somehow Jedburgh always bounced back and today it is an attractive gateway to Scotland.

    Hustle and bustle among the colourful array of gift shops and quality suppliers marks today’s Jedburgh. For centuries it has been famous for woollens and the shops are still a buying opportunity.

    From the central Market Place I walked up the hill to the site of Jedburgh Castle. The English so often occupied the town the castle was more use to them than the Scots so in 1409 the Scots themselves destroyed the castle. In 1548 the town even played host briefly to a French army that helped drive the English out of it.

    Castle Jail Museum now occupies the site of the former castle. Built as a Howard reform prison in 1823, this building is the only existing example of its kind in Scotland. John Howard fought for clean accommodation, satisfactory clothing and linen; segregation of prisoners according to sex, age, and nature of offence; proper health care. The displays in the cellblocks using costumed figures and period rooms shows he largely succeeded here. .

    In 1566 Mary Queen of Scots stayed in Jedburgh in a house on Queen Street. Today the house is a popular Museum and Visitor Centre. The compelling drama of:

    Her birth, and carefree childhood in France
    Her return to Scotland as Queen, her stormy reign, the plots and Mary's downfall
    Her captivity and her eventual execution at Fotheringay Castle in 1587.

    All is told here. The rooms contain tapestries, oil paintings, furniture, arms and armour and some of Mary's possessions.

    Local publications include a Town Plan, mini-guide, town trail and countryside walks. One mile south is the 16th century Ferniehirst Castle - the grounds open to visitors.

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    Jedburgh Abbey from the side

    by ringleader Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Jedburgh Abbey has a 5-star grading.

    This information from their site:

    "One of the border abbeys, founded by David I around 1138 for Augustinian canons. The church is built in the Romanesque and early Gothic styles and is remarkably complete. Remains of the cloister buildings have been uncovered and finds from the excavations, including the 12th-century ?Jedburgh comb?, are on display.

    1st April To 30th September: Monday To Sunday 09:30 To Last Entry 18:00 (closes At 18:30)

    1st October To 31st March: Monday To Saturday 09:30 To Last Entry 16:00 (closes At 16:30); Sunday 14:00 To 16:30.

    Adult ?3.50 Child ?1.20 Concession ?2.50.
    Please note: Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult."

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    Mary Queen of Scots' House in Jedburgh

    by ringleader Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Mary really didn't live here, she just stayed here for a bit while she was ill. But, it is an old structure and worth photographing. We didn't actually go inside because we had Melrose Abbey, Kelso Abbey, and Scott's View to take in before the afternoon was over.

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    by EdinburghRoc Updated May 5, 2012

    Good service good beer

    Favorite Dish: Steak and Ale Pie the best I have ever tasted.
    The vegetables were perfect the beer lip smilingly good.
    Oh the meat in the pie wonderful ! ;-)

    Everyone else enjoyed their lunch too.
    The four of us recommend it.

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    Simply Scottish Restaurant

    by ringleader Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We were referred to the Simply Scottish Restaurant by a local man who was the tour guide of Ferniehirst Castle. He ate there quite often. When we ate there, we understood why.

    Check their website for more information. You'll find their hours, menus, and more...

    "Simply Scottish is recommended by the "Taste of Scotland" guide (1997, 98, 99 & 2000) and has been runner-up in the local tourist board "Best Eating Place Award" for its use of local produce."

    Favorite Dish: We were there during lunch-time. I had salmon. Nothing could possibly surpass Scotland's salmon!

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    The abbey

    by dutchboycalledjan Written Oct 3, 2007

    We were surprised by the quality of this pub / restaurant. The lamb was terrific, as was the sirloin salad. Also very friendly staff, fresh baked bread, good baked potatoes and we didn't have to wait long.

    Favorite Dish: The lamb saddle (special dish) and the sirloin salad.

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    by EdinburghRoc Written May 5, 2012

    Jedburgh is small so you can walk to each place.
    Getting around the beautiful countryside you need to have your own mode of transport.
    Take the back roads to see the land at its best !

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Jedburgh What to Pack

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    by EdinburghRoc Written May 5, 2012

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Prepare for sunshine rain midges cold and remember if you don't like the weather wait five minutes
    its likely to change. And boy when it snows its still beautiful perhaps more so.

    Photo Equipment: Cameras tripod charged batteries
    Keep your camera dry !

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