Abbotsford Open Seven Days a Week

3rd Sep 2020

Abbotsford is delighted that we’re now able to open all areas every day in September, thanks to the support of our visitors. Abbotsford’s house, gardens, exhibition, shop and cafe are now open seven days a week, 10am - 5pm, for the first time since we closed on Friday 20th March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Abbotsford’s gardens were reopened on July 1st as our first phase. Changes were made to comply with government guidance including a one way system and donation entry. We were then able to re-open our visitor centre, including our exhibition, shop and cafe on July 15th, with one way systems and reduced capacity in the cafe to allow for social distancing. When the historic house re-opened for four days a week on August 15th, changes made included timed entry tickets to enable social distancing and making our popular audio tour available for mobile phones.

The house has been fully booked since it opened, which is why we are now able to extend the opening times to enable more people to enjoy Scott’s conundrum castle.

Due to popular demand, visitors are strongly advised to book their time-slot for the house from our website,, before travelling to Abbotsford. They should also pre-book their table & food at Ochiltree’s café to avoid disappointment.

Throughout September the historic house and chapel are open seven days a week, 10am – 5pm (last entry to house 4pm). Abbotsford’s Regency Walled Gardens, Ochiltree’s cafe, gift shop and Sir Walter Scott exhibition are also open every day, 10am- 5pm. Ochiltree’s cafe will be serving hot food until 4pm and taking last orders at 4.45pm. These opening days and times are subject to change, please check our website before your visit.

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