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Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

Set in the centre of historic Jedburgh, this 16th century towerhouse tells the story of Scotland's legendary monarch. 

Mary spent a month in Jedburgh in 1566 and it marked 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 meticulously preserved and allows Mary's life story to be told in an engaging way. The Rogues Gallery introduces the people in Mary's life, while the Last Letter Room reveals her final thoughts before her execution. You'll learn about her ill-fated trip 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 is surrounded by beautiful gardens, home to some of Jedburgh's famous pear trees, descendants of the original pear trees planted around Jedburgh Abbey in the early nineteenth century.

Check out the Live Borders Museums & Galleries Guide to see what's on at Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre and other venues throughout the Scottish Borders.

Admission is free.

Photo courtesy of Visit Scotland/ Kenny Lam.

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