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 21:00)

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

  • Nature Paintings – 22nd June to 27th June
  • The Garden of Delight – 6th to 29th August
  • Festival By The Loch – 21st August

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


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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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