Archerfield Walled Garden
Built in the late 1780’s, the walled garden originally supplied 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 underwent many changes, including a market garden and a cattle court before its redevelopment to its current guise in 2013 with the opening of the Café, Gift Shop and Food Market.
The regeneration of the garden commenced in 2015 under the direction of 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 several themed zones designed to carefully lead the visitor through a succession of changing spaces full of visual surprises and plant interest. Already developed are the car park ‘hot’ borders, perennial meadow, cut flowers, potager, perennial vegetables, rose garden, wildlife and an ornamental ‘light and dark’ border. Different team members take responsibility for these individual areas allowing them to put their own style on the garden, and hopefully, create a more stimulating experience for our visitors.
Beyond the walls the estate offers a range of scenic walks and a variety of family friendly features, including our Fairy Trail and Willow Walk. Our Garden Café and Food Market provide a range of delicious food and drinks, while the Garden Shop sells plants, gifts, garden and homeware.
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.
Green Tourism Silver Award
- Garden Project - regeneration of Georgian walled garden.
- Restaurant Cafe - ingredients supplied from the garden.
- Fairy Trail - fairies live at the bottom of our garden.
- Gift Shop & Food Market - selling local produce and our own.
- Willow Walk - a collection structures to explore, created by us.
Group visits of up to 20 can be booked by getting in touch with us via email to [email protected]
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Rose Gardens
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- 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
1 November - 28 February.
Admission pricesAdult: £4 Child: Free Concession: £3
FacilitiesPicnic area Shop Car park Accessible parking Toilets Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Pushchair friendly Kids’ play area Dog friendly Assistance Dogs Cycle path Events