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.


Opening
Opening

2020

House: 1 March to 30 November.

Visitor centre and estate: all year round.

See website for times.

Find Us
Find us

Main visitor car park entrance is at ///shops.chap.ranges. What does this mean?

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.

Find out more.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Five Star 01896 756789

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free

Adult: £11.20
Concessions (Over 60's and students with ID's): £10.20
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.

For further information click here.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Opening
Opening

2020

House: 1 March to 30 November.

Visitor centre and estate: all year round.

See website for times.

Find Us
Find us

Main visitor car park entrance is at ///shops.chap.ranges. What does this mean?

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.

Find out more.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Five Star 01896 756789

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free

Adult: £11.20
Concessions (Over 60's and students with ID's): £10.20
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.

For further information click here.

Other opening


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!


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.



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.

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