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





Support 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This is now a challenging time for the Garden as the NTS has withdrawn their grant and we face the possibility of having no gardener.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
  • 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 per person


Registered charity No SC028197

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