Opening Times & Events

We are open Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

See the WHAT’S ON page for details about our programme of Exhibitions and Events in 2023:

Entry is free of charge (except for some advertised events) but we welcome donations – see our Support Us page. For commercial group visits, we encourage some payment.

The Duddingston Kirk Garden Room Cafe is open Thursdays & Fridays 10am-4pm; Saturdays & Sundays 1pm-4pm.

No dogs allowed, except for assistance dogs





Welcome to Dr Neil’s Garden

Open Daily 10am to 5pm, free entry


In a Worldwide survey, Dr Neil’s Garden has been voted the “Most peaceful spot” in a UK city, and the second in the World!

Read more about the survey

Dr Neil’s Garden is one of the most remarkable gardens in Scotland today.

Lying next to the twelfth-century Duddingston Kirk, where the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat meet Duddingston Loch, this secluded garden is the result of the imagination, dedication and sheer hard work of Drs. Andrew and Nancy Neil.

It has sometimes been called Edinburgh’s Secret Garden. Many people find it more than a mere garden. This spot has been a place of inspiration (artistic, literary, and spiritual) as well as for meditation and contemplation, even before the garden was created.

The planting is mostly conifers, heathers and alpines, with primulas (including the rare Pubescens), magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas and many other shrubs.
Read the Gardeners Blog

The garden has an exciting programme of Exhibitions and Events throughout the year.
See What’s On

In one corner of the garden is the historic Thomson’s Tower which can be hired for events and exhibitions. The Tower was designed by William Henry Playfair, and built in 1825 for the Duddingston Curling Society to store its stones.
Read more about Thomson’s Tower

Dr Neil’s Garden is so much more than a garden.  It is a friendly place that welcomes all to its peace and beauty and at the same time offers comradeship and training to volunteers. The Garden stimulates change through play, learning, the arts, healthy activity, and by addressing the special needs of people. It is open to all, free of charge, 7 days a week.
Read more about The Garden

We hope that you will take away lasting memories, and spread the word about this special place and how Drs Nancy & Andrew Neil created this garden from a wilderness.

As a charity, we rely on your donations to keep our gardener and pay expenses. If you would like to help in the upkeep of this lovely garden, please visit our donations Page.



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