Numbers were highest on the 27th December and 3rd January as visitors took the opportunity to take in the site during the extended festive break.
The figures round off an impressive twelve months for the heritage sector with Historic Scotland, who run the abbey and another 77 attractions across Scotland, recently announcing their best April – September on record.
Melrose Abbey was one of the top performing sites during this period, recording an 11% increase.
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs said: “The Christmas and New Year period is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Scotland’s stunning built heritage. Scotland continues to be a ‘must-see’ destination at this time of year, so it is fantastic to see this reflected in visitor numbers at Melrose Abbey.
The Abbey, which is amongst the best late 14th-century church architecture to be found in the British Isles and is home to the chapter house where the heart of Robert Bruce is believed to be buried, has an enduring popularity with visitors. It ranks amongst Historic Scotland’s top ten sites on an annual basis.
Picture: © Crown Copyright – Reproduced courtesy of Historic Scotland