Abbotsford - Melrose | Historic Houses | Britain's Finest


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Abbotsford, where Scott turned into the greatest selling creator of his day and the style for Scots Baronial engineering started, echoes with the triumph and catastrophe of Scott's life.

What is the history of Abbotsford to the present day?

Settled on the banks of the River Tweed, Abbotsford was Sir Walter Scott's creation and, after his passing in 1832, which was visited by millions. It was based on the returns of a highly successful literary career, and Scott became focused to keep it in his family as he attempted to take care of immense debts after close bankrupcy in 1825. Abbotsford is a enduring landmark to the preferences, gifts and individual catastrophes of its maker.

What is there to see and do at Abbotsford?

Sir Walter Scott cherished planting trees around his estate and made dazzling forests which can even now be delighted in today. Follow the checked path the forested areas and along the waterway bank and go on your own experience under the leaves!

Get your free sound guide when you visit the house and go on an extraordinary visit jsut for families! Investigate the house and find its insider facts in the organization of Maida the pooch and Hinse the feline – two of Sir Walter Scott's preferred pets.

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Open Times: 1 Mar to 30 Sep, 10:00-17:00. 1 Oct to 30 Nov 10:00-16:00.

Price Details: House and Garden: Adult £11.00; Concession £10.00 (Over-60s, students with valid ID); Children (Under 17) £5.00; Family Ticket £28.00 (2 adults & up to 3 under 17s)


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

2 miles from Melrose, 1 mile from Galashiels. 35 miles from Edinburgh.

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