Opening Times & Event Info
Dr Neil's Garden is open every day including weekends from 10 am till Dusk.
- Illustrated Talk "Making Time in the Sun" Thursday 9/3/17 19:30
The Garden Room
- The Garden Room is now open again for Summer 2017. Opening Hours are:
•Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 to 16:00
•Sunday 13:00 to 14:00
For more information on events and special weekends see the What's On page.
No dogs allowed
How to Find Us
Dr Neil’s Garden is located within Duddingston Village, between Duddingston Kirk and the Loch. To access the Garden on foot, walk through the double gates to Duddingston Manse on Old Church Lane. N.B. These are NOT the gates into Duddingston Kirk. Then immediately turn right, and follow the paved path (about 80 metres) to the gate into Dr Neil’s Garden, located at the far South-West corner of the Manse Garden. Alternatively access from the top right hand corner of the car park beside Duddingston Kirk Hall, and follow the paved path.
Holyrood Park is a favourite spot for walkers, and Dr Neil’s Garden makes an ideal stop-over on a hike around the park, taking in spectacular views of the City. These websites should help you to choose one of the many routes.
Walking Scotland – Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat and Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park Visitor Information
The garden is steeply sloping in places, and some paths are narrow. A purpose-built path was created in early 2009, with funding from the WREN scheme, to enable visitors with reduced mobility to view as high a percentage of the garden as possible (WREN is a non-profit making environmental body that distributes Landfill Tax Credits under the 1997 Landfill Tax Act). Regrettably one short section (at the farthest point, overlooking Duddingston Loch) has too steep a gradient for a sloping path, but wide steps have been built. The path gives access to the lower floor (only) of Thomson’s Tower. The upper floor of the Tower is only accessible by a short flight of steps.
Dr Neil’s Garden is easily accessible by car, both from the centre of Edinburgh (3 miles) and from all major routes leading to the city.
Visitor parking – Please use the car park located beside Duddingston Kirk Hall which is accessed from Duddingston Road West. A paved path leads (about 140 yards ) from the far end of the car park, behind the Manse, to the south-west corner of the Manse garden, where you will find the entrance gate to Dr Neil’s Garden.
Central Radio Taxis telephone 0131 229 2468 (24 hrs) www.taxis-edinburgh.co.uk.
The journey to Dr Neil’s Garden from the centre of town will take around 15 minutes.
The nearest bus service to Dr Neil’s Garden is the Lothian Buses Number 42 which stops on Duddingston Road West. You can view other bus connections on their Route Map.
Location of Dr Neil’s Garden