Jedburgh is a charming small town in Scotland that sits just 10 miles outside of the English border. With hilly, cobblestone streets and a beautiful countryside, this town is rich with history.
While many choose to just drive through on their way from England to Edinburgh, Jedburgh is somewhere you certainly should stop and spend some time. You will find many things to do in Jedburgh, Scotland.
You can learn about the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, walk through an abandoned Abbey, and step back in time inside a historic jail.
Things to do in Jedburgh Scotland
Visit Jedburgh Abbey
Once home to a monastic order, David I founded a priory here in 1138 and raised it to abbey status in 1154. While no buildings survive before this time, artifacts have been found through archaeological digs on the site suggest that that prior civilizations were living on this same land as early as the 700’s!
The visitor center showcases some of the items that have been found on the property such as crosses, a sarcophagus and an intricately carved ivory comb.
Mary, Queen of Scots House
Near the center of town is a 16th century tower house in which Mary Queen of Scots stayed in 1566 after becoming gravely ill.
Inside the home you will find a small gift shop with the upper portion of the home dedicated to telling the story of Mary’s life. Each room has facts about Mary along with a showcase of various items that belonged to her.
The main building of Jedburgh Castle Jail houses a museum that focuses on the traditions, industries and important individuals of Jedburgh. You’ll find historical artifacts and exhibitions. You can spend time walking through the cell blocks of former inmates.
It looks just as it would have in the 1820’s and you can get the feel of how terrible of an existence it would have been to be imprisoned here.Be advised that the jail is said to be haunted by a man named Edwin McArthur who was executed in 1855.
Jedburgh Bed & Breakfast
There are plenty of lovely B&B’s in the area and a number of inns. We stayed at the Meadhon B&B which within a short walk to the town center of historic Jedburgh.
Our spacious room with an on suite had a hospitality table with tea, hot chocolate and biscuits. The B&B has free wifi and overlooks a lovely garden.
Our stay at the Meadhon B&B included a full breakfast which was a wonderful way to begin our day!
Where to Eat in Jedburgh
Just steps away from Meadhon B&B is the Belter’s Bar. If you want a burger, this is the place to go. You’ll also find a full service bar.
This restaurant & pub serves traditional British dishes and is just a short walk from Meadhon. The menu is varied and is based on locally sourced seasonal ingredients. We found it a bit on the pricey side, but suitable for families and convenient.
If you are making the drive from England to Edinburgh, I recommend a stop in Jedburgh. The things to do in Jedburgh make it a great place to spend part of the day and give you a glimpse into the life of Mary Queen of Scots.