We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Message from Tripadvisor: Temporarily closed

Abbotsford House

1 063 Reviews
Message from Tripadvisor: Temporarily closed

Abbotsford House

1 063 Reviews
Get the full experience and book a tour
Full view
Location
Contact
Abbotsford House Abbotsford, Melrose TD6 9BQ Scotland
Get to know the area
Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
Day Trips

Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

411 reviews
Take the stress out of planning your own way to Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian’s Wall on a guided tour that includes round-trip transport from Edinburgh. Letting someone else drive between the dispersed landmarks allows you to focus on the scenery rather than the road. Plus, exploring the attractions with a guide means you are party to historical commentary that brings the landmarks to life.
US$55,35 per adult
1 063Reviews18Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 692
  • 283
  • 65
  • 14
  • 9
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
ventura3030 wrote a review Dec 2020
St Boswells, United Kingdom30 contributions46 helpful votes
OMG what are they playing at? Abbotsford was a great place to take our dog for a walk l. But now you have to go inside the visitor centre with dogs push chairs etc to get access to the grounds. Have they even considered infection control with Covid ??taking people from a safe outdoors environment and forcing them into the visitor centre. Many without masks is utter madness.
Read more
Date of experience: December 2020
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Response from scottsabbotsford, Public Relations Manager at Abbotsford House
Responded 10 Dec 2020
Abbotsford is still a great place to take your dog for a walk and during the trial paths diversion we have put Covid-safe measures in place for all visitors. Free face masks and hand sanitiser are available at the entrance to the Visitor Centre for everyone to use to keep them safe. As a charity we rely on income from visitors to help us meet the costs of maintaining the estate which you and many others enjoy using for free. Not surprisingly, 2020 has been a very difficult year and we are seeking ways to increase our income from our visitors. The trial diversion you refer to is to encourage people to see what else Abbotsford offers, primarily the cafe, gift shop and exhibition, and the ways they can support us financially. Access to the estate is still free for all visitors, which is unusual for many historic estates. We have invited feedback from users, so thank you for yours, which will be included in the results.
Read more
SpaStruckSurrey wrote a review Oct 2020
Surrey208 contributions161 helpful votes
Definitely worth a visit. The house and gardens can’t have changed since our last visit years ago but the whole place seemed lighter and more inviting. The guidance is to arrive 15 minutes ahead of your booked time but we could have spent longer Than we did in the exhibition in the visitor centre before going into the House, so we would say 30 minutes before entry time is the bare minimum, more if you want to visit the cafe. There are only 5 or 6 rooms in the House to visit, plus the Chapel, but the entry time system means you get them to yourself and with no coach parties to worry about, the guides encourage you not to feel rushed. There was a good insect-spotting task along the way to keep kids (and those still young at heart) amused and no child need go away disappointed by failing to find the last Beetle, with the guides entering into the fun & giving gentle encouragement and advice if needed. We finished off with a nice walk in the grounds. The view of the House from the river is worthwhile.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Graham C wrote a review Oct 2020
Derby, United Kingdom3 contributions
The pre-booking system prevented us from going inside but the outside areas were lovely - strongly recommend a visit.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
Helpful
Share
MrsJSnow wrote a review Oct 2020
18 contributions18 helpful votes
What a lovely visit to a fantastic place. So well thought out in terms of covid. Brilliantly curated. House definitely worth paying to get into - as you walk round you pretty much have each room to yourself. Cafe was great and so was the gift shop. It was the most relaxed and ‘normal’ I’ve felt in months.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2020
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
FourPawsFan wrote a review Sep 2020
Merseyside, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
I loved my visit to Abbotsford. Learning about Walter Scott was very interesting. The house is impressive, especially the wonderful library / study. However, the real highlight is the gardens and the surrounding scenery. Absolutely beautiful! Staff are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. The only downside to our visit was the cafe. When booking our ticket online, it wasn't made clear that we also needed to book a table if we wanted to have a cuppa. Given that it is a cafe, not a formal restaurant, this didn't occur to me! I understand that it is due to Covid 19 safety regulations. However, seemed a bit excessive! Better to just to take customer details on arrival at the cafe and ensure social distancing rather than making them pre- book. The result was that we were made to sit on a veranda outside the cafe. It was cold when we visited, so we gave up and went elsewhere for a cuppa.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2020
Helpful
Share
Response from scottsabbotsford, Marketing Officer at Abbotsford House
Responded 22 Oct 2020
Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Sorry to hear you couldn't enjoy our cafe too, we've had to reduce capacity in the cafe to allow for social distancing and due to this have introduced pre-booking to avoid disappointment. This can result in the cafe being fully booked at busy times and unable to seat walk-in customers. We are working to make this change as clear as possible for future visitors.
Read more
Previous
Frequently Asked Questions about Abbotsford House