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.
Abbotsford 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 cafe and shop. Children will love the play trail and discovering Abbotsford through Scott’s favourite pets.
1st March – 29th March 10am-4pm
30th March – 31st October 10am – 5pm
No age restrictions
Both the house and visitor centre are fully accessible.
Abbotsford House is located just outside Melrose, if you are driving simply enter the following postcode for directions TD6 9BQ.
Train services from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank, roughly a mile from Abbotsford, run 7 days a week and take just under an hour. For a full train timetable, please check the Scotrail website or Traveline Scotland.
Bus services run from Edinburgh to Carlisle via Galashiels, taking just under 1.5 hours. Visitors can transfer to local buses as well as the ‘Border Weaver’ service at Galashiels Bus Station or at Tweedbank Station. The ‘Border Weaver’ bus service runs Monday to Friday, taking only a few minutes to our Visitor Centre. Please check the schedule to plan your journey. Alternatively, bus services X62 and 72 stop at the Tweedbank roundabout, a short stroll from Abbotsford. Several local bus routes stop at Galafoot Bridge, 10 minutes walking distance via a public footpath to Abbotsford.
Walking and cycle routes are easy alternatives, with the walk from Tweedbank Station taking only 20 minutes if you follow the signposted ‘Abbotsford Link’. For a scenic riverside walk, you can take the Borders Abbeys Way.
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Queen Victoria was so impressed with Abbotsford having read Scott’s novels as a girl and having visited his home, that she ordered Balmoral to be built in the same baronial style.
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