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Overview

Visit Abbotsford and discover the life, times and obsessions of one of Scotland’s most important national figures; a writer, but so much more than that, too!

Located in the heart of the beautiful Borders countryside, Abbotsford was built by Sir Walter Scott in the 19th-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.


Today
Today’s opening hours

1 April to 31 October, 10am to 5pm.

Opening
Opening

1 to 31 March, 10am to 4pm. 1 April to 31 October, 10am to 5pm. 1 to 30 November, 10am to 4pm.

 

Find Us
Find us

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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  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Five Star 01896 756789

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free

Adult: £11.00
Children (Under 17): £5.00
Family: £28.00 (2 adults & up to 3 under 17s)
 

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Hearing loops
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
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.

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A word from the owner

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.

Things to See

Walks

Abbotsford offers three different walks, the River Walk, Forest Walk and Scott Walk.  Keep an eye out for Hinse and Maida, Sir Walter Scott’s favourite pet cat and dog, who are here to guide you through the house and grounds at Abbotsford!

For more infomration about the grounds and walks please click here.



Upcoming events

5 Jul - 30 Nov 2018

Turner & Scott: The Painter and the Poet

The personal relationship between two of Britain's cultural giants is celebrated in a seasonal exhibition at the home of Sir Walter Scott.

Rarely does an exhibition focus on J.M.W. Turner's personal relationships with his contemporaries, yet his collaborative work with the celebrity author resulted in some of the most beautiful watercolour illustrations ever produced.

Charting their lives and careers side by side, the exhibition explores how and why sparks flew, but also reveals that there was a great deal of common ground between Turner and Scott, perhaps more than either man appreciated.

Discover the fruits of their collaboration and see items never on display to the public in Scotland before, as well as Turner’s Abbotsford sketchbook and watercolours, and a mysterious ‘lost’ Turner. 

Please note this exhibition is free for memebers of Historic Houses. 

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A wedding at Abbotsford


Weddings

There are several unique options for weddings at Abbotsford, including ceremonies held in the historic library or intimate celebrations within the stunning Chinese Drawing Room.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Wedding planner
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

Set above the murmuring waters of the River Tweed, nestled in a secluded spot amidst the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, lies Abbotsford; magical and historic home of Sir Walter Scott. This stunning location provides the ideal setting for you to celebrate your wedding.


Accommodation

Abbotsford’s Hope Scott Wing provides luxury accommodation and a unique opportunity to experience the splendour of the surroundings that proved such an inspiration to Scott throughout his long and illustrious career.

We offer a range of bespoke itineraries and catering services can also be arranged.

These include banqueting opportunities for you and your guests in Scott’s magnificent dining room, exclusive access to the grounds, hunting and fishing, guided tours at other local attractions, golf, spa treatments and even a personal chef and butler service.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Whether you’re planning your special day, looking for a unique venue to entertain clients, the ideal place for a meeting or seminar or a venue for a large-scale event, Abbotsford offers an excellent range of facilities and options.

Abbotsford offers a stylish venue steeped in history for weddings, high-quality corporate hospitality and events.  Whether you’re entertaining clients or simply seeking a unique venue, your guests will be impressed by the fabulous interiors, breathtaking views, warm hospitality and excellent customer service at Abbotsford.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

School 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!


Filming Opportunities

Abbotsford and its grounds offer the perfect backdrop for filming and photo shoots.

The 19th-century Scottish Baronial house still contains most of its original features, with breathtaking views and gardens. In recent years Abbotsford has been featured on a variety of shows, including Antiques Roadtrip, Bargain Hunt, BBC1 The One Show, BBC1 Escape to the Country and Neil Oliver’s History of Scotland.