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

E: Info@DrNeilsGarden.co.uk
T: 07849 187 995
(Open from 3rd May Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00)

Opening Times & Event Info

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions we are open 

  • Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 21:00

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

Forthcoming events

  • Folktales from the Garden 22nd October

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
This reopens for refreshments from 3rd June 2021

  • 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


Welcome to Dr Neil’s Garden


The garden was started in 1963 by the Drs Andrew and Nancy Neil who, with the help of volunteers, turned it into one of the most surprising hidden gems in Edinburgh. To safeguard the Neils’ legacy for the future a charity was established – Dr Neil’s Garden Trust – which for fifteen years has continued to maintain and develop the garden. This has in part been funded via a grant from the National Trust for Scotland which covered much of the cost of employing a professional gardener.

Except on special fund raising occasions, the Garden is open to the public free of charge.

This is now a challenging time for the Garden as the NTS has withdrawn their grant and we face the possibility of having no gardener.  We are appealing to the public for support to enable us to continue to keep the Garden open to all. There are various ways which you can choose to support the garden;

  • By donating through our Paypal account on this page
  • By becoming a ‘Friend of the Garden’ for £15 per annum, (See our Friends page) As a Friend of the Garden you will be supporting the maintenance and future development of this extraordinary garden.
  • Visiting the Garden on our Open Days for a small charge.
  • Donations by cheque can be sent to our Treasurer ; Mrs Lucy Murphy, 54 Duddingston View, Edinburgh, EH15 3LZ
  • By remembering us in your Will
  • In practical ways by volunteering in the Garden or by using special skills to help fund raise etc.
  • Coming to Events


For commercial groups for example a walking tour with a charge, we ask two things:

  • Email in advance as we keep a record of who is attending and when to ensure there are no “clashes”
  • To consider donating as part of the walking tour to the Garden using the above methods. We suggest £3 p.p.


Registered charity No SC028197

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