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





How to Find Us

On Foot

Dr Neil’s Garden is located within Duddingston Village, between Duddingston Kirk and the Loch.

To access the Garden on foot, enter from the car park  for Duddingston Kirk on Duddingston Road West, opposite Holy Rood High School. Go to the top right of the car park and follow the paved path (about 140 metres) to the gate into Dr Neil’s Garden, located at the far South-West corner of the Manse Garden.

Holyrood Park is a favourite spot for walkers, and Dr Neil’s Garden makes an ideal stop-over on a hike around the park, taking in spectacular views of the City. These websites should help you to choose one of the many routes.
Walking Scotland – Holyrood Park and Arthur’s Seat and Arthur’s Seat and Holyrood Park Visitor Information

Disabled Access
The garden is steeply sloping in places, and some paths are narrow. A purpose-built path was created in early 2009, with funding from the WREN scheme, to enable visitors with reduced mobility to view as high a percentage of the garden as possible (WREN is a non-profit making environmental body that distributes Landfill Tax Credits under the 1997 Landfill Tax Act). Regrettably one short section (at the farthest point, overlooking Duddingston Loch) has too steep a gradient for a sloping path, but wide steps have been built. The path gives access to the lower floor (only) of Thomson’s Tower. The upper floor of the Tower is only accessible by a short flight of steps.

By Car

Dr Neil’s Garden is easily accessible by car, both from the centre of Edinburgh (3 miles) and from all major routes leading to the city.

Visitor parking – Please use the car park located beside Duddingston Kirk Hall which is accessed from Duddingston Road West. A paved path leads (about 140 metres) from the far right hand end of the car park, behind the Manse, to the south-west corner of the Manse garden, where you will find the entrance gate to Dr Neil’s Garden.

By Taxi

Central Radio Taxis telephone 0131 229 2468 (24 hrs)
The journey to Dr Neil’s Garden from the centre of town will take around 15 minutes.

By Bus

The nearest bus service to Dr Neil’s Garden is the Lothian Buses Number 42 which stops on Duddingston Road West. You can view other bus connections on their Route Map.

Location of Dr Neil’s Garden

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