Extraordinary home of writer Sir Walter Scott sitting on the banks of the River Tweed in the glorious Scottish Borders.

Melrose, Roxburghshire

Abbotsford, Roxburghshire

Experience this house


Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Charged parking
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Hearing loops
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Visit Abbotsford, a monument to the tastes, talents and achievements of its creator, one of Scotland’s most important national figures; a renowned nineteenth-century writer and ‘Great Scot’ who changed how the world saw Scotland and Scotland saw itself.

Located in the heart of the beautiful Borders countryside, Abbotsford was built by Sir Walter Scott in the nineteenth century as a family home, work space and private museum and his interests can be seen in the amazing gothic architecture and interiors jam-packed with fascinating curios, artefacts, books and stories galore.

Visitors can learn about Sir Walter Scott through visiting the historic house and free exhibition. Browse Abbotsford’s shop, enjoy seasonal food in Ochiltree’s café or simply relax in the beautiful Regency Walled Gardens and tranquil woodlands.

Join Abbotsford, along with over 50 partner organisations, in celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Sir Walter Scott’s birth with an international programme of events throughout 2021 and 2022.

Opening Times


Open every day March – December.

10am- 4pm March, November and December (last entry to the house 3pm)
10am- 5pm April – October (last entry to the house 4pm)

Please check website for temporary closures and special event days.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.


Historic Houses members visit for free

  • Adult £12.50
  • Concession £11.50 (Over-65s, students with valid ID)
  • Children (Under 17) £5.50
  • Hinse Ticket £31.00 (2 adults & up to 3 under 17s)
  • Maida Ticket £21.00 (1 adult & up to 3 under 17s)
  • Children under 5 FREE

Group Visits

We warmly welcome groups and can help you plan all aspects of your visit to suit your interests and needs. Our friendly, knowledgeable guides and bookings team are ready to help you plan a visit to suit your itinerary and make your experience at Abbotsford one to treasure.

Pre-book your tour and be assured of maximum benefits from your visit. If there are 10 or more in your group, pre-book a visit to Abbotsford and enjoy additional benefits.

Educational Visits

Our programme for schools takes pupils on a journey into the heart of Scott’s world with an exciting range of cross-curricular learning experiences for pupils of all ages.

Contact us to discuss a visit and discover Abbotsford and the world of Sir Walter Scott for yourself!

  • Hearing loops
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Forthcoming events

Remember, special events are excluded from free entry for members

On Sir Walter Scott

Scott was a great and versatile writer, the author of splendidly long poems, of lyrics & short stories. Abbotsford reflects, almost like no other place, the mind, enthusiasms and preoccupations of the man who built it.

Abbotsford Sir Walter Scott Painting

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Abbotsford grounds and flowers

Getting here

Melrose, Roxburghshire

Train services from Edinburgh operate 7 days a week and takes just under an hour.  Bus services including the ‘Border Weaver’, X62 and 72 stop a short stroll from Abbotsford.

A Hop On Hop Off Tour, complete with commentary, also stops also takes in Abbotsford.

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