Exploring the life of Queen Mary
Mary Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre
This museum is currently closed.
Set in the centre of historic Jedburgh, this 16th century towerhouse is a four star visitor attraction and tells the story of Scotland’s tragic queen. Mary’s month here in Jedburgh in 1566 was a turning point in her life. A fine display of paintings, objects and textiles associated with her explores not only her life and times, but the cult that has grown up around her.
The period feel inside the house has been preserved with thoughtful design, which allows the story of Mary’s life to be told in an engaging way. The Rogues Gallery introduces the individuals in the drama of Mary’s life, while the Last Letter Room reveals her final thoughts before her execution. Also find out about her ill-fated ride to Hermitage Castle to meet her adviser and future husband, the Earl of Bothwell, which resulted in her falling gravely ill. She would later lament ‘Would that I had died in Jedburgh.’
The house sits in attractive gardens, home to some of Jedburgh’s famous pear trees, descendants of the original pear trees planted around Jedburgh Abbey in the early 1800s.
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The museum welcomes all visitors and tour groups with an audio tour and foreign language guides. There is a gift shop. Disabled access is to the ground floor only and there is a hearing loop. The centre is accessible by public transport (5 min walk).
Admission is free: donations are welcome.