The Gardens at Archerfield Walled Garden
Built in the late 1780’s, Archerfield Walled Garden (AWG) originally provided produce to Archerfield House. Although records are scarce, an article from 1865 (Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardens) shows remarkable productivity with an extensive range of glasshouses. These included vineries, peach and forcing houses, pineapple pits and melon frames. In the last century, the walled garden took on many roes, including as a market garden and cattle court. In 2013, after redevelopment AWG opened its gates to the public and now offers a garden café, food market and plant shop.
The regeneration of the garden itself began in 2015 under the direction of the then head gardener Erica Randall. The new layout continues the tradition of providing seasonal crops, but also aims to engage visitors of all ages to learn about plants and the natural world.
The one-acre site is divided into themed areas full of visual surprises and plant interest. Already developed for the visitor to explore are a perennial meadow, rose garden, wildlife area with pond & stumpery, perennial vegetable bed, productive tunnel & potager and flower beds for cutting & drying. We are working currently on light and dark themed ornamental borders and a sustainable gardening area and have plans to develop a drought garden.
You can find us in The Scotland’s Gardens Scheme website and handbook under: The Gardens at Archerfield Walled Garden.
Beyond the walls you’ll find hot borders in our carpark and on the wider estate; a range of scenic walks and a variety of family friendly fun, including our Fairy Trail and Willow Walk. Our Garden Café and Food Market provide a range of delicious food and drink, while the Garden Shop sells plants, pots, garden equipment homeware and gifts.
How to find us
Archerfield Walled Garden is just 18 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. Archerfield Estate is located in East Lothian between Gullane and Dirleton on the A198 North Berwick route. There is plenty of parking available.
The 124 and X24 buses run between Edinburgh and North Berwick and stop on the A198 at the end of our road.
- The Gardens - a collection of themed spaces for you to explore
- Garden Cafe - from our garden to your plate
- Fairy Trail - fairies live at the bottom of our garden.
- Garden Shop and Food Market - selling local produce and home grown.
- Willow Walk - a collection of structures created by us for you to play in
We offer guided tours on various dates throughout the year covering the history, recent developments and with a changing seasonal focus
10.30 - 11.30
Please check our website for details and to book: https://www.archerfieldwalledgarden.com/whats-on
Group visits of up to 20 can be booked by getting in touch with us via email to
Volunteering / internships opportunites
We are always happy to welcome volunteers and can offer times/dates to suit individuals by arrangement. Please contact Head Gardener Kerry Lyall by email at [email protected]
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Rose Gardens
- Sculptures/Garden art
- Walled Garden
Opening TimesMonday: 10:00 - 16:30 Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:30 Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:30 Thursday: 10:00 - 16:30 Friday: 10:00 - 16:30 Saturday: 10:00 - 16:30 Sunday: 10:00 - 16:30 also:
Grounds: open access
Garden Cafe, food market and shop open 10am to 5pm 7 days a week
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
Admission pricesAdult: £4 Child: Free Membership: Annual Pass £5
FacilitiesAccessible parking Accessible toilets Assistance Dogs Café/Restaurant Car park Cycle path Dog friendly Event Venue Events Kids’ play area Picnic area Plant sales Pushchair friendly Shop Toilets Wheelchair access
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