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 “The new V&A Museum in Dundee” Wednesday 3rd October 19:30

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



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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