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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Thomson’s Tower

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The Tower is open to the public free of charge on Sundays 2pm – 4pm during July and August, or by special arrangement.

In one corner of the garden is Thomson’s Tower, designed by William Henry Playfair, and built in 1825 for the Duddingston Curling Society to store its stones. The upper floor was both a meeting place for the curlers and a studio for the respected artist the Rev. John Thomson, minister of Duddingston from 1805 till 1840.

During 2008-09, Dr Neil’s Garden Trust restored the Tower – with grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland – Read more.

The Lower Chamber, where the curling stones were kept in days of old, is now a Museum of Curling with a fascinating exhibitions with interesting memorabilita about Curling past and present, along with old film footage of curling on ice and much more – Read more.

The Upper Chamber is an interpretation centre dedicated to the Garden, Duddingston Village,  Playfair, Thomson and other interesting celebrities associated with the Garden.

The Upper Chamber is a pleasant small venue with a lovely outlook for holding art exhibitions, workshops and small gatherings, and can be hired for these purposes – Read more.

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