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Tickets for Abbotsford House

Visit the home of writer Sir Walter Scott

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01 - 31 March: 10:00 - 16:00. 01 April - 31 October: 10:00 - 17:00. 01 - 30 November. 10:00 - 16:00. 01 December - 28 February: Closed. Last admission 1 hour before closing.
  • Discover the life story of one of Scotland’s greatest men of letters as you walk around his home
  • See a treasure trove of objects and artifacts that inspired him, and buy some inspiration in the gift shop
  • Stroll the gorgeous gardens and spot the 'Juliette' balcony and 'Rapunzel' tower overlooking the river Tweed

Any aspiring poet will know you need a place that inspires you in order to bring out your genius, which is exactly why, almost 200 years ago, Sir Walter Scott bought Abbotsford House in the Scottish Borders. Learn about his life as you explore this stunning mansion and its gardens!

Discover a wealth of objects and inspiring artifacts in this amazing home, many of which wound up in Scott’s greatest poems and novels.

Learn about his life on the banks of the River Tweed and the many achievements of the playwright, novelist, poet, and judge.

The beautiful garden looks like it sprung straight from one of Scott’s historical romances - he designed it himself with advice from artists, architects, and friends.

Other highlights include Scott’s 'Juliette' balcony outside his bedroom window, and the 'Rapunzel' tower overlooking the river Tweed.

You may find yourself composing a pastoral poem yourself once you've been here - that's sure what happened to Scott!

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  • Entrance to Abbotsford House, the Visitor Center and the gardens

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Abbotsford House
Melrose, Roxburghshire, TD6 9BQ, Edinburgh
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Wheelchair accessible
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Getting There

Bus: Take line 964 and get off at Abbotsford House.

Sep 18, 2017
Wonderful place to visit. Lots to see and read about the history of the house and Sir Walter Scott. Especially amazing for me as my family tree has been traced back to Sir Walter Scott through my Dad's family.
Aug 20, 2017
What a superb living memorial to one of the world's greatest writers. Living in the sense that the estate was still the home of Sir Walter Scott's descendents until 2004 - you can feel his presence in every furnished room, a wonderful testament to the love and care by his descendants. I took the one hour train ride from Edinburgh to Tweedbank + one mile walk to the estate along the Tweed Riverbank which, on reflection, is a great way to start to emerse yourself in Sir Walter's small corner of Scotland.

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