The distinctive double Walled Garden at Hospitalfield has been redesigned by garden designer Nigel Dunnett. The gardens opened to visitors for the first time on 27 May 2021. The scheme was developed to reveal the unique horticultural history of the site at Hospitalfield, which has been tended as a garden for over 800 years. Visit and you can expect to learn more about the medicinal planting of the medieval monastic gardeners and to understand the form and function of the Victorian approach to horticulture, all within a glorious new planting scheme.
The Fernery at Hospitalfield was designed in 1872 by Patrick Allan-Fraser as a grotto-like building intended to house a collection of New Zealand tree ferns that were presented to him by Captain Peter Logan. The building fell into ruinous disrepair during the mid-20th-century, and has now become part of an exciting new chapter for the Walled Garden, sensitively restored to its former glory under the guidance of architects Caruso St John. It has been replanted with the varieties of ferns likely to have been in the original, including a number of tree ferns. This is the only surviving Fernery on the east coast of Scotland, and one of only four buildings of this type in Scotland.
How to find us
On foot from Arbroath Train Station: Walk to the right up Keptie Road past Arbroath College and Keptie Pond. At the end of the road take a quick right then left onto Arbirlot Road and walk past the houses and a row of shops. At the end of the road turn left onto Westway and Hospitalfield’s driveway is the next on the left. This should take about 25 minutes.
By taxi from the town centre: There is a taxi pick up point at Arbroath Train Station and a taxi office just a little further up from the Train Station on the left hand side of the road. Alternatively (or if there are no taxis at the rank) call 01241 430430 or 01241 873107 or 01241 877777 to book one. It should cost about £5 and take 5 minutes.
Travelling to Arbroath
By train: The station is on the main line from Edinburgh and Glasgow up to Aberdeen, just over 15 minutes north of Dundee. There are several direct trains from London and Newcastle each day.
By bicycle: Arbroath is well served by cycle routes – more information can be found on the Sustrans website.
By bus: There are regular buses from Dundee (the 39 passes the end of our drive on Westway, as does the 73 although it is a longer route) and Aberdeen (X7 to Arbroath Bus Station or Elliot Bridge). Connecting buses to Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere can be caught in Dundee.
By car: From the south, drive north on the A92 from Dundee when you get to the first roundabout after the welcome to Arbroath sign turn left on to the Westway. Hospitalfield is on your right about 200 yards up the hill.
From the north, from Aberdeen take the A90 and then on to the A92. Or the slightly longer route but very scenic along the east coast take the A93 and the B974. Our postcode for SatNav is DD11 2NH.
By air: There is a direct flight from London City Airport in to Dundee otherwise there are regular flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and travel from these cities is straight forward.
- 19th-century Fernery
- Garden Café
- Historic House
- Double Walled Garden
- Contemporary Art
Garden Tour each Friday at 2pm
We welcome inquiries from groups
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Volunteering / internships opportunites
The historic gardens at Hospitalfield are made fruitful and more beautiful with the fantastic support of the Garden Club. From helping weed the gardens, sowing seeds, potting up plants and assisting with seasonal tasks, there’s plenty of ways to get involved and something for everyone no matter your skill level – all that is needed is a love of being outside and enthusiasm.
The walled garden has been transformed by Nigel Dunnett’s designs and our head gardener Kate Robinson as part of our future plan, we also running specific garden days for the Garden Club to support this activity.
Garden Club Volunteers currently meet at 10am meet Wed – Fri. Contact Kirsten Wilson for more information: [email protected] / 01241 656 124.
See here: https://hospitalfield.org.uk/support/volunteer/garden-club/
- Bluebell Displays
- Sculptures/Garden art
- Spring bulbs
- Walled Garden
Opening TimesThursday: 10.00 - 17.00 Friday: 10.00 - 17.00 Saturday: 10.00 - 17.00 Sunday: 10.00 - 17.00 also:
Café, Garden & Fernery opening dates for 2022
19 Feb to 27 March: Sat/Sun only, 10am to 5pm
31 March to 30 Oct: Thurs to Sun, 10am to 5pm
5 Nov to 11 Dec: Sat/Sun only, 10am to 5pm
Café, Garden & Fernery dates for 2022
Closed from 12 December 2022 to 17 Feb 2023
Admission pricesAdult: 6 Child: £0.00 Concession: £0.00 Family: £0.00 (? Adults & ? Children) Group Adult: £0.00 Group Child: £0.00 Membership: £0.00
FacilitiesAccessible parking Accessible toilets Assistance Dogs Café/Restaurant Car park Cycle path Dog friendly Event Venue Events Hearing loops Plant sales Pushchair friendly Shop Toilets Wheelchair access
AddressHospitalfield House, Westway, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 2NH
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