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The garden at Abbotsford is distinct in character; taken together, the layout forms three outdoor ‘rooms’ designed to provide a harmonious transition between the luxury and comfort of the interiors of the house with wonders of nature in the wider estate.

Join Abbotsford, along with more than 50+ partner organisations, in celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott with an international programme of events throughout 2021 and 2022. 

Where is Abbotsford located?

Abbotsford is situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders on the banks of the River Tweed. Secluded amongst the rolling hills and woodland areas, Abbotsford estate is peaceful and tranquil. Just a ten-minute drive away, visitors can also explore the quaint market towns of Melrose and Galashiels, or visit other neighbouring Border towns such as Kelso, Jedburgh, Selkirk and Hawick, which are all within a thirty-minute drive from the estate.

Visitors to Scotland’s capital can also enjoy a day trip to Abbotsford. Abbotsford is only an hour drive or train ride away from Edinburgh City Centre. Visitors can embark on the train at Waverley Station (named after Scott’s novel of the same name) and disembark at Tweedbank Train station where they can walk to Abbotsford (1.6 miles) or utilise Abbotsford’s free minibus service, run by dedicated volunteers.

What style of garden is Abbotsford?

The garden was designed by Sir Walter Scott with advice from artists, architects and friends. It is a rare surviving example of a Regency garden layout – and completely different from the English Landscape Garden which ‘Capability’ Brown made his own in the previous decades.

What can guests enjoy at Abbotsford?

Wander through Scott’s study, where his books changed the world, marvel at his magnificent library with its richly carved ceiling, and admire his eclectic and world-class collection of arms, armour and curiosities, aided by a free audio tour.

Learn about Scott's life in the free exhibition, browse Abbotsford’s gift shop, enjoy seasonal food in Ochiltree’s café or simply relax in Scott’s beautiful Regency Walled Gardens and tranquil woodlands.

Children can also have fun in the Family Play Trail, which includes a wooden fortress with a seven-metre pyramid tower, a mini suspension bridge and a seven-metre tunnel slide.

Top facilities

Dog/Pet friendly

Parking Available

Disabled Access

Facilities & information


Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly

Guided tours

Gift shop


Woodland walks

Free car parking (on site)




Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available



Tea Room

Picnic area

Extra info

Garden Acreage: 6

Parkland Acreage: 115

Nearest Airport Time: 1 hours 4 minutes

Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 45

Nearest Train Station: Tweedbank

Nearest Railway Time: 4 minutes

Amex: Yes

Delta: Yes

Mastercard: Yes

MaestroSwitch: Yes

Visa: Yes

Arrival information and directions

Address: Melrose, Scottish Borders, MelroseTD6 9BQ, United Kingdom

 Major routes A1, A68, A7.

Edinburgh City Centre approx 35 miles.

Nearest Airport: Edinburgh (45 miles)

Nearest Train station: Tweebank (1.6 miles)


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