Sir Walter Scott’s House in Melrose

Want to tread the same path as a Scottish Literary Household Name? Situated on the banks of the River Tweed, 19th century Scottish Baronial style Abbotsford opens its gates to literature, history and interested visitors alike to spend a day in the home of Sir Walter Scott. With an array of activities available, visiting Abbotsford is most definitely a day trip for you and your family. Solo trips are also encouraged! What better way to immerse yourself in the rich history of the architecture and wonders of all the collectables Sir Walter Scott accumulated over his life than to meander solo in the expansive vastness of the estate. Those interested in an extended stay and a more intimate experience of the land are welcome to lodge in Charlotte Hope Scott’s – Sir Walter Scott’s granddaughter – country home.

Where can I find Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott?

Just a short train ride away from Edinburgh, you can step into the past and walk amongst memories of a highly esteemed literary genius. 

Surrounded by acres and acres of land, after you indulge in the curated home garden, why not explore the rest of the woodlands, hills and riverbanks at your leisure. Try out the seasonal biodiversity walks and Inside Out Tours that take you deeper into the mind of the man who built this home as he built new literary worlds upon new literary worlds. The café, open from 10 am to 5 pm, allows you to rest, reflect and recuperate before setting off again, discovering more, or perhaps you would like to enjoy the experience of Afternoon Tea. From history to nature to delicious food, Abbotsford has a bit of everything for everyone. Step on the train and indulge your senses on a sublime day out.

  • Open to visitors (all week) 10 am – 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm.
  • House and Chapel visits – timed tickets only.
  • House, Chapel and Garden visit – Adult (£11.70), Child (£5.10)
  • Garden ONLY visit – Adult (£5.90), Child (£3.10)
  • Dogs are welcome
  • Café – book tickets online to ensure availability
  • Located 38 miles outside of Edinburgh

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