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Abbotsford (Garden)

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The garden and landscape of Abbotsford are the creation of Sir Walter Scott, and were developed between 1811 and 1825. The landscape composition is outstanding in aesthetic, scenic and architectural terms and its association with Scott gives it exceptional national value. There are three garden areas - the Entrance Court, the Morris Garden and the Walled Kitchen Garden - as well as extensive woodlands alongside the River Tweed. Spring sees Abbotsford displaying swathes of daffodils, before our tulip festival takes centre stage. This is followed by bluebells and other spring flowers, while May is full of colour with rhododendrons and azaleas, and in July, August and September the herbaceous borders are wonderful. Walk beside the River Tweed or follow the network of paths in the woodland in Scott's own footsteps, taking in the views that inspired him to write some of his greatest works.

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Dog/Pet friendly

Parking Available

Disabled Access

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Child Friendly

Dog/Pet friendly




Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available


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Garden Acreage: 6

Parkland Acreage: 115

Open Times: 1 Apr to 31 Oct, Mon to Sun, 10:00-17:00, Mar and Nov 10:00-16:00,

Price Details: Garden only: Adult £5.50, Concession £5.00 (Over-60s, students with valid ID), Children (Under 17) £3.00, Family Ticket £13.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children)


01896 752043
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Melrose, Scottish Borders, MelroseTD6 9BQ, United Kingdom

Two miles from Melrose, 1 mile from Galashiels, Edinburgh approx 35 miles. Major routes A1, A68, A7.

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