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2. Abbotsford

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Abbotsford was home to poet and writer Sir Walter Scott, who lived here from 1812 until his death. Situated by the River Tweed, three miles upstream from Melrose, Abbotsford took twelve years to evolve, and is designed in the Scots Baronial style, with fanciful turrets and castellations.
On the upper floor, six rooms are open for viewing, from the wood panelled study with its writing desk made of salvage from the Spanish Armarda, to the library containing more than 9000 rare books and an extraordinary collection of memorabilia. These include Napoleon's pen case and blotting book, Rob Roy's purse and knife, and the inlaid pearl crucifix that accompanied Mary, Queen of Scots, to the scaffold.
Facilities include a tea room and gift shop. 

Abbotsford Address:
Scotland, UK

Abbotsford Opening Times:
Open 16th March to 31st October
Monday to Saturday, 16 March to 31 October, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Sundays (from 16th March), March, April, May and October, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sundays, June, July, August and September, 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.

Abbotsford Admission:
House and grounds
Adult  £7.00
Child £3.50

Group (including guided tour)
Adult £5.00
Child £3.00

T  +44 (0)1896 752 043

F  +44 (0)1896 752 916


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