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Celebrate your wedding day in style at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, a unique country house venue situated in Melrose on the banks of the romantic River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. First built in the 19th century, this historic setting has been carefully restored to give visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. Couples will have a variety of packages, event spaces, and dining options to choose from for a truly bespoke wedding venue.

Facilities and Capacity

Dryburgh Abbey Hotel offers an enviable choice of venues for your ceremony and wedding reception. It acts as a one-of-a-kind setting with its stunning riverside location, 10 acres of private grounds, and the distinctive and historical backdrop of the world-famous Dryburgh Abbey ruins, Sir Walter Scott’s last resting place. Hotel ceremonies and receptions with up to 130 guests can take place in the Dryburgh Suite, which offers breathtaking views of the River Tweed. For elegant ceremonies, the Abbey Room features floor-to-ceiling windows, delicate chandeliers, and a decorative fireplace for a warm, welcoming aesthetic. Marquee banquets are also available for over 200 guests. The Wallace Lounge, Garden Room, Glen Room, and Tweed Restaurant are also available for more intimate gatherings and prenuptial events. In addition, you will have over 30 ensuite bedrooms to choose from to ensure a relaxing wedding weekend.

Services Offered

Exclusive use of the accommodation and grounds is available, ensuring you and your guests are free to enjoy your event to the fullest. The hotel has a dedicated wedding coordinator in place to assist you with the planning of your Special Day and is happy to provide tailored bespoke packages to satisfy the aspirations of all wedding parties. From your moments spent getting ready until your wedding breakfast, the team will make sure you and your loved ones have an unforgettable celebration.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Tipis and yurts

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for Dryburgh Abbey Hotel

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Jeremy H. Sent on 26/10/2022
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Fabulous location, friendly staff.

Jo and I had a small ceremony and dinner in the Abbey Room. Great river views. Katie managed proceedings brilliantly and all staff were friendly and approachable. Friends & family loved the country feel/location. Thank you Dryburgh!
Amanda S. Sent on 16/09/2022
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Beautiful venue and amazing wedding planner.

From start to finish, Jules at Dryburgh was fantastic. She listened carefully to everything we wanted and helped us to achieve it all. The hotel is stunning and the location equally fantastic. An amazing backdrop for photos. Whilst Dryburgh can facilitate large weddings, they were equally proficient in catering for a small, personalized wedding, and on the day we felt we were the only people there. Service and the quality of food was second to none. The room was set up perfectly and the actually ceremony was intimate and perfect. We were lucky we got the weather and were able to marry outside but there was a contingency plan. I would thoroughly recommend dryburgh. Jules and all the staff were fantastic throughout.
Grace C. Sent on 04/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect from start to finish

We had our wedding at Dryburgh mid June and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect destination! Charming hotel right on the banks of the River Tweed next to the beautiful ruins of the Abbey. We were lucky enough to have the place to ourselves on Friday and Saturday which just made the whole thing so relaxed and enjoyable. Special mention to Jules who was impeccable throughout all the planning and on the day, in fact the whole team at Dryburgh are extraordinarily helpful and lovely, nothing was ever too much to ask. We had family and friends coming from all corners of the UK and they all mentioned what a fantastic weekend they had! Thank you so much! Paul & Grace xx
Fiona T. Sent on 31/08/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Friendly and helpful

All the staff are absolutely amazing.
Jules hyde is certainly the hotels treasure and really is a true gem with couples getting married.
A warm welcome and such a beautiful setting.
Gillian Sent on 01/01/2019
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We got married on 18/08/18 at the Dryburgh. From the second we met Jules and the team at the venue and seen the amazing setting we were hooked. We live in West Lothian but my husband is from the borders. We wanted something that was different and had the rustic settings which we both love. Jules went out her way to make us both feel at home, when we were there. On the day we were all set up for an outdoor wedding, then the showers started just as the guests went to they’re seats. Within 15 minutes Jules and her team had got all the chairs from outside and had set up in one of the stunning rooms. The food was amazing, the turn around of the room was very quick. All in all we would recommend the Dryburgh Abbey hotel, as a top venue to get married.
Lauren Sent on 30/12/2018
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Dear Jules

Lee and I cannot thank you and the team enough for making our wedding so beautiful. We had an absolutely spectacular day. You and everyone there (especially your husband) went above and beyond. We are so grateful for everything.
Lottie Sent on 24/12/2018
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Thank you!

We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the staff in helping with our wedding. We initially picked Dryburgh due to how welcoming and accommodating the staff were as that was what we were looking for. Our plans were a little different so we couldn't just have an 'off the shelf wedding'. From the beginning the hotel and staff were amazingly lovely and helpful. We had so many compliments on the food.
Minna Sent on 04/12/2018
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Thank you all.

Dear Jules, a very delayed thank you for all you did for Greg and I. From the very beginning you made us feel so special and I can't imagine a more attentive and helpful person to have walked us through the process of planning a wedding. Despite the weather being very touch and go in the morning, I am forever grateful we were able to do the ceremony outside! A huge thank you also to the entire events team.
Elise Sent on 12/03/2016
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Thank you all

We wanted to thank you for all your help in making our wedding day such an amazing experience for us and our guests. It was exactly what we wanted and turned out beautifully.
Harry Sent on 03/02/2016
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A big thank you

Jules, Liz and all the team at Dryburgh, A big thank you for helping to make our wedding magical and very special. The food was delicious and staff so helpful and attentive.
Ailsa Sent on 03/02/2016
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A really massive THANK YOU

All the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel Staff, We would like to say a really massive "THANK YOU" to each and every one of you!. Our day in July 2015 was the best day of our lives. Everything was perfect.
Thank you. Ailsa & Gerry
Jill Sent on 04/12/2015
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You have been amazing

Just to say that you have been amazing with all your help to make our day so special. you make us welcome whenever we see you, even when you are busy setting tables for another wedding, you still make time. and it is so appreciated. Dryburgh is such a magical place and you are such a big part of it. Thank you so much.
Graeme Sent on 27/11/2015
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Absolutely amazing experience

Jules and all the staff, Thank you so much for planning and providing our wedding. It was an absolutely amazing experience. The entire day ran smoothly and all the staff were kind and helpful. All our guests want us to pass on their compliments also. Thank you!
Anonymous Sent on 27/11/2015
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Wonderful time

For all the staff at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, for the attention to detail at the Gammie/Nelson Wedding. We had a wonderful time. Thanks.
Jane Sent on 15/11/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Memories

Thank you so much to all the staff at Dryburgh. You all helped to make our Wedding such a special day with many fantastic memories. Special thanks to the Chefs & Kitchen staff for the food which was faultless (so many compliments from our guests), and to all the waiting/serving staff who were friendly, attentive & very professional. The staff are a great credit to the hotel.
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