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Abbotsford (Historic House)

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Abbotsford is the extraordinary home of Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century poet, novelist and ‘Great Scott' who popularised tartan, saved the Scottish banknote and rediscovered his country's Crown Jewels. From the deeply impressive entrance hall and the study where he penned some of his famous novels to the glorious formal gardens, it's a work of fabulous fantasy - a novel set in stone - which remains one of the most famous homes in the world. Scott's “conundrum castle” is where fact and fiction collide, where the craze for Scots Baronial architecture began, and Scott's home as he became the biggest-selling author of his day and transformed how the world saw Scotland and Scotland saw itself. Yet the stones of Abbotsford speak both of triumph and disaster: first of worldwide success, then of Scott's debt-ridden but noble final years. Immerse yourself in Scott's beloved home through our popular audio tours, explore his beautiful gardens, riverside and woodland walks, and indulge in our café and shop.

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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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