Dr Neil's Garden
Old Church Lane
Duddingston Village
Edinburgh, EH15 3PX

E: Info@DrNeilsGarden.co.uk
T: 07849 187 995
(Open Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00)

Opening Times & Event Info

We are open Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00

See the  What’s On page for further information/future events. 

Forthcoming events

  • Petra Bunder and Ursula Pretsch “Around the World” An exhibition of Art, Jewellery & Accessories – Saturday 13th August to Wednesday 17th August 11:00 to 16:00 (Free)
  • Harry Mafuji “Edinburgh and its Natural Surroundings” Friday 19th August to Friday 26th August 2022 11:00 – 16:00 (Free)
  • Flax and the Physic Garden Sunday 21st August 14:00 to 15:00
  • Jane Raven Prints, Glass and Ceramic Exhibition – Monday 29th August to Sunday 4th September 2022 11:00 to 16:00 (Free)
  • Flax – Wednesday 7th September to Sunday 11th September 2022 11:00 – 16:00 (Free)

Entry is free of charge (except during advertised events) but donations are welcome – see our Support Us page. For commercial group visits we encourage some payment.

The Duddingston Kirk Garden Room

  • Thursday/Friday 10:00-16:00
  • Saturday/Sunday 13:00-16:00

For more information on events and special weekends see the What’s On page.

No dogs allowed, bar assistance dogs


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Lottery funding

Jock Tamson’s Gairden and Dr Neil’s Garden are beautiful and tranquil spaces which are enjoyed by people from all walks of life.

The trustees, volunteers and staff of both gardens are delighted to be awarded a 3 year partnership grant from the Lottery Community Fund which will enable them to maintain both gardens and develop new opportunities for volunteers.

Individuals and groups from the local community will benefit – whether by tending flowers and plants, growing vegetables, learning new skills or simply wandering and enjoying the wildlife, nature and peace and quiet.

Kate Still, Scotland Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund, says: “National Lottery funding can make amazing things happen in local communities across the country. This project delivered by Jock Tamson’s Gairden and Dr Neil’s Garden, is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause or to help others.  National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is helping to support this vital work and to help communities thrive.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to Dr Neil’s Garden

We are open Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00

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The Dr Neil’s Garden Plaque

Photograph by Nigel Neil – Copyright © Dr Neil’s Garden Trust

 

Dr Neil’s Garden is one of the most remarkable gardens in Scotland today. Lying next to the twelfth-century Duddingston Kirk, where the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat meet Duddingston Loch, this secluded garden is the result of the imagination, dedication and sheer hard work of Drs. Andrew and Nancy Neil. It has sometimes been called Edinburgh’s Secret Garden. Many people find it more than a mere garden, and – both before and since the garden was created – this spot has to many been a place of inspiration (artistic, literary, and spiritual), and for meditation and contemplation. We hope that you too may also take away lasting memories, and spread the word about this special place to others.

Created from a wilderness by Drs Nancy & Andrew Neil
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The planting is mostly conifers, heathers and alpines, with primulas (including the rare Pubescens), magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and many other shrubs.
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In one corner of the garden is the historic Thomson’s Tower, designed by William Henry Playfair, and built in 1825 for the Duddingston Curling Society to store its stones.
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Dr Neil’s Garden is so much more than a garden. It is a friendly place that welcomes all to its peace and beauty and at the same time offers comradeship and training to volunteers. The Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, and by addressing the special needs of people.  It is open to all, free of charge 7 days a week.   There are many expenses and we rely on donations to keep our gardener and pay expenses.  If you would like to help in the upkeep of this lovely garden you can do so by visiting our Donations page.

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