Visit Abbotsford and discover the life, times and obsessions of one of Scotland’s most important national figures; a writer, but also so much more than that!

Browse the sessions below and discover how pupils can unlock the mysteries and secrets of Abbotsford for themselves with one of our cross-curricular sessions.

Delivered by our friendly experienced team on-site, we offer a range of sessions spanning subject areas from social sciences and literacy to art and design, history and the sciences. Our sessions are interdisciplinary in nature and you don’t have to be studying Scott’s poetry or novels to meet your learning objectives at Abbotsford!

We also work closely with secondary schools on bespoke projects, blended learning opportunities, work placements and careers events – please just contact our friendly Learning team to discuss your ideas and how we can help.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon!

Abbotsford: Cabinet of Curiosities (all levels)

Follow in Scott’s footsteps and use his amazing collection of objects and artefacts as a stimulus for poetry and creative writing. Explore the historic house with a member of the learning team and discover a house jam-packed with strange objects and even stranger stories! This session encourages pupils to extract information from a variety of sources by taking notes as they explore. The follow-up workshop encourages students to reflect on what they have seen and heard and to distil their experience into a list poem. A great session for learners at all levels.

Curriculum links: English and Literacy, Social Sciences

Duration: 2 hours

£3.50 per pupil

Scott- Master of Inspiration

Abbotsford is an incredible resource for fine art and design! From the gothic exterior bristling with battlements and ruinous carvings to the dark and mysterious interior crowded with artefacts, Abbotsford offers creative inspiration for young minds at every turn. We can help you plan a visit which incorporates a whistle-stop tour to get your bearings and then time for sketching indoors and outdoors. Our learning centre acts as your base and can be used to expand initial sketches into mixed-media pieces or for larger-scale work. This session can be tied into a wide range of topics including the built environment, photography, textile design and portraiture.

Curriculum links: Expressive Arts, Social Sciences

Timings are variable – please discuss at time of booking

£3.50 per pupil

How to book your visit

Visit times are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Please download a School Visit Booking Form and email your completed form to A member of the Learning team will then contact you at a suitable time to discuss your proposed visit and booking.  Alternatively, please call us on 01896 752 043 or email us.

Please note that all led sessions with a member of the Learning team must be pre-booked and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Admission is by invoice after your visit.

The Learning team work part-time and will respond as soon as possible!