Opening Times & Event Info

Dr Neil’s Garden is open every day including weekends from 10 am till Dusk.

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.

Forthcoming events

– Open Weekend Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May for Scotland’s Garden Scheme 14:00 to 17:00

-Idol, iDoll, Aye Doll Saturday 5th May to Sunday 13th May. See What’s On for times

-Growing Stories: Storytelling for all Monday 7th May 14:00 to 17:00

The Garden Room Café
– The Garden Room Café is now open until the Autumn. Wednesday 13:00 – 16:00, Thursday/Friday 10:00 to 16:00 and Saturday/Sunday 13:00 to 16:00

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

No dogs allowed


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Garden History

Nancy & Andrew watering cans by Graham McGirk

Dr Andrew Jardine Neil (1921-2005) and Dr Agnes
Emily (‘Nancy’) Neil (1919-2005)

Drs Nancy and Andrew Neil were a husband and wife team of General Practitioners whose practice was in the Meadowbank area, on the north side of Arthur’s Seat. They were an energetic couple who loved to go to other parts of Europe on their summer holidays, towing a caravan through France, Spain and Greece, collecting plants and young trees.

In 1963 Andrew and Nancy began work on part of the Duddingston Glebe (church land) known as The Calves Field, and Dr Neil’s Garden was born.  Though the ground had been used for grazing – for calves and geese, its steep slope and rocky surface made it unsuitable for growing crops, and thus so it had never previously been cultivated. The doctors liked to encourage their patients to assist in the Garden, thus allowing them to benefit from healthy outdoor activity and the tranquil setting beside the Loch.

The Garden has won a number of awards over the years and has featured in television programmes and many books and articles.

In 1997, Dr Neil’s Garden Trust was formed, in order to take over the running of the garden, and to safeguard its future.  The Garden Trust is a registered charity.

Andrew and Nancy Neil both died in 2005. In 2012-2013 the Physic Garden was laid out to commemorate their lives as doctors and gardeners.

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