Abbotsford's three walled gardens were designed by Sir Walter Scott in the 1820's to surround his 'Conundrum Castle'. They remain virtually intact today. The South Court or Entrance was an exercise in new ideas exploring the transition from inside to outside, with a gallery of stone, an arcade with 144 botanical motifs and a fountain (planted to represent flowing wine). The kitchen garden has been in continuous cultivation, with a colourful herbaceous borders, trained fruit and heritage vegetables and a beautiful Gothic conservatory based on a medieval pavillion. The East Court is a quiet, sunken garden flanked by the lofty castle-like east facade, with its charming clairvoyee and flag-tower-cum-fruit and seed store. The North Terrace offers views to the River Tweed and is a start point for woodland and riverside walks around the 120 acres of designed Picturesque landscape.
How to find us
Travel by public transport Train services direct from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank, just over a mile from Abbotsford, take just under an hour and run 7 days a week. Tweedbank Station, and the earlier stop at Galashiels Interchange, is served by a scheduled ‘Border Weaver’ bus service to Abbotsford taking only minutes and dropping off outside our Visitor Centre. Please check the schedule to ensure your train is met by a bus, alternative bus services stop at the Tweedbank roundabout, a short stroll from Abbotsford and may be more convenient. Border Weaver Bus timetable 2015-16 Alternatively you may pre-book a Shuttle service between Tweedbank Station and Abbotsford for £1.50 per person out-with bus times with Bordoor2Door shared Shuttle Service, to book call 0748 6626 484. Walking and cycle routes are an easy alternative, the walk from Tweedbank Station takes only 20 minute
- An authentic 1820s garden accompanying the wonderland that is Abbotsford.
- Tulips Festival from mid May to June.
- A riverside old meadow with over 250 species of wild flowers
- Rose displays throughout gardens from late June to July onwards.
- Shady riverside walks in Scott's oak dense woodland in mid summer.
The garden tour offers an insight into the three walled gardens and its surrounding estate. Experts will help unravel the history of the site and Scott's innovative approach to garden design, and highlight key views, features and planting.
Group Visits for both Garden Tours and House and Garden Tours are available throughout the season (March 1st until December 1st) For detail and pricing please view our website
Volunteering / internships opportunites
Abbotsford offers Friends Membership with discounts and exclusive events, Donor Opportunities and opportunity to volunteer in any aspect of the Abbotsford experience.
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Meconopsis and Woodland Gardens
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- Autumn Colour
- Winter Gardens/Winter Structure
- Bluebell Displays
Opening TimesMonday: 10.00 - 17.00 Tuesday: 10.00 - 17.00 also: Estate, Gift Shop, Restaurant and Visitor Centre is open all year round with free admission . Closed on Christmas day and Boxing Day and January 1st and 2nd
Dates closedClosed from 1st December to 1st March
Admission pricesAdult: £3.60 Child: £2.60 Concession: £2.60 Family: £13.00 Group Adult: £5.60 Group Child: £4.60
FacilitiesCafé/ Restaurant Picnic area Shop Car park Accessible parking Toilets Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Pushchair friendly Kids’ play area Dog friendly Assistance Dogs Events
AddressThe Abbotsford Trust Abbotsford Melrose ,TD6 9BQ