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

– Illustrated talk “A revolution in mapping – the Ordnance Survey, mapping the nation from the 18th Century to present day” Thursday 7th February 19:30

The Garden Room Café
– The Garden Room Café is now closed until the Spring.

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

No dogs allowed



Sources of Local Information

The Duddingston Kirk Website –
The Duddingston Village Conservation Society –
The Sheep Heid Inn, Duddingston – claimed to be Scotland’s oldest public house: –
Scottish Wildlife Trust: Bawsinch and Duddingston Loch Nature Reserve –
Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat information (University of Edinburgh) –
Holyrood: The Scottish Parliament –
Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse –
Scottish Tourist Board –
Scotland the Best-
VisitScotland – Edinburgh & Lothians –
The Gateway to Scotland –


Organisations who have grant-aided or supported Dr Neil’s Garden in other ways

The National Trust for Scotland –
The Heritage Lottery Fund, who grant-aided the Thomson’s Tower restoration –
Historic Scotland, who grant-aided the Thomson’s Tower restoration –
The WREN Scheme, which funded our disabled access path –
The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society –
BBC Scotland’s The Beechgrove Garden –
Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh –
Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, for whom we have an annual open weekend –
MS Therapy Centre Lothian –
The Garden and Landscape Guide –
The Alpine Rockery Plants Society –

Famous people associated with Duddingston

Reverend John Thomson – John Thomson (Painter)
Sir Walter Scott (Novelist) – Walter Scott
Sir Henry Raeburn (Painter) – Henry Raeburn
J.M.W. Turner (Painter) – J.M.W.Turner
William Henry Playfair (Architect) – William Henry Playfair
Bonnie Prince Charlie, who stayed in The Causeway, Duddingston, on the night before he won the Battle of Prestonpans, 21/9/1745 – Charles Edward Stuart
Charles Altamont Doyle, who painted curling and skating scenes Duddingston Loch – Charles Altamont Doyle


The Royal Caledonian Curling Club –
World Curling Federation –
All about curling – Curling – Wikipedia

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