Abbotsford House

Abbotsford House
Scottish Borders



01896 752043


01896 752916

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Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake.

In 1811 Sir Walter bought the property which was to become Abbotsford, set in the heart of the Scottish Borders, on the banks of the River Tweed. The building of Abbotsford took six years, and was completed in 1824. William Atkinson was the chosen architect, and George Bulloch gave his advice on the furnishings, while local craftsmen carried out the work. The house was opened to the public in 1833, five months after Sir Walter's death, and has been enjoyed by visitors ever since.

The house contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, (also Rob Roy's Gun and Montrose's Sword), and a library containing over 9,000 rare volumes. Visitors will be able to see Sir Walter Scott's Study, Library, Drawing Room, Entrance Hall, Armouries and the Dining Room where he died on 21st September 1832.

"It is a kind of Conundrum Castle to be sure and I have great pleasure in it for while it pleases a fantastic person in the stile and manner of its architecture and decoration it has all the comforts of a commodious habitation." - Journal, 7 January 1828

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Historic house or home

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Scott and Burns Literary Conference: Sham Bards of a Sham Nation?

  • 23 October 2014 10am-4pm *on now

Join us a for a day at Abbotsford of lively and enlightening talks as we examine Scotland’s two greatest literary figures – Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.

Speakers include Professor Douglas Gifford, Professor Gerry Carruthers, Dr Ted Cowan, Dr Pauline Mackay and Dr Kirsteen McCue.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£40.00, includes lunch.