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A bird's eye view of the great garden at Pitmedden. A large lawn is split into sections, with manicured hedges and trees surrounding designed beds of flowers and plants.
Aberdeen City & Shire

Pitmedden Garden

Getting here

The garden is just off the A920, 1 mile west of Pitmedden village and 14 miles north of Aberdeen.
Address Pitmedden Garden Ellon Aberdeenshire AB41 7PD OS Ref: NJ884280

By car

Please note that sat navs tend to send you around to the work area or to estate residential homes. Once you get to Pitmedden village, please follow the brown signage provided by Aberdeenshire Council.

Please note Pitmedden Garden car park is open daily between 9.30am–4.30pm. The car park is locked/secured overnight.

By bus

If you arrive by bus (from Aberdeen on the No. 290/291 or from Ellon on the No. 49), leave the bus at the Bonnyton Road bus stop and walk as if you are leaving Pitmedden village until you join the Pitmedden Garden estate walk, starting just outside the village. Follow the estate walk around to the entrance of the garden.

Contact information

Telephone: 01651 842352

Get directions

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Opening times

Garden, museum and shop

Last entry to the garden at 15.15

1 Jan–3 May, closed Current period 4 May–29 Sep, Thu–Sun, 10.30–16.00 30 Sep–31 Dec, closed
Tearoom

Last service at 15.45

1 Jan–3 May, closed Current period 4 May–29 Sep, Thu–Sun, 10.30–16.00 30 Sep–31 Dec, closed
Grounds

Please note Pitmedden Garden car park is open daily between 9.30am–4.30pm. The car park is locked/secured overnight.

Current period 1 Jan–31 Dec, daily, dawn–dusk

Entry prices

Garden & Museum of Farming Life
Adult
£10.00
Family
£22.00
One adult family
£16.50
Concession
£8.00
Young Scot
£1.00

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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Planning your visit

Please note Pitmedden Garden car park will be open daily between 9.30am–4.30pm. The car park is locked/secured overnight.

Please also note that we do not have charging points for electric cars.

Dogs are welcome on the woodland estate but not in the walled garden due to its historic nature and in order to provide an inclusive experience for all our visitors. Assistance dogs are welcome in all areas.

Recycling facilities – recycling bins are now available beside the tearoom/shop.

For more information about planning your visit, please see the drop-down facilities below or our frequently asked questions.

Facilities & access

Please be aware that Pitmedden Garden is a heritage site and has some uneven surfaces. There are 16 steps from the upper to the lower parterre gardens. Our staff are happy to help make your visit as enjoyable as possible for you.

The best views into the lower garden can be seen from the long terrace left and right from the central Peron staircase, and especially from the north terrace border. The lower garden is accessed via the original staircase – please be aware of uneven steps. For wheelchair access, a member of our team can take you around via a detour. Please note that the detour involves some length, slopes and uneven ground.

Most museum buildings are accessible but some contain original uneven cobblestone flooring. The upper levels are only accessible by stairs.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

Disabled parking is available.

Please note Pitmedden Garden car park will be open daily between 9.30am–4.30pm. The car park is locked/secured overnight.

There’s an accessible toilet.

Baby changing

Bike racks are available.

Please be aware that Pitmedden Garden is a heritage site and has some uneven surfaces. There are 16 steps from the upper to the lower parterre gardens and our staff are happy to help make your visit as enjoyable as possible for you.

  • The tearoom, upper garden and parts of the museum are all accessible.
  • The lower parterres are accessible via an alternative entrance – please ask staff.

The award-winning tearoom offers delicious bakes and light lunches as well as your favourite hot and cold drinks.

Recycling bins are now available beside the tearoom/shop.


We offer a Taste of Scotland afternoon tea at £20 per person. Please call 01651 842352 or email cmasson@nts.org.uk to book.

Children will enjoy discovering the nature hut on the woodland walk. In the walled garden, they can follow our kids’ scavenger trails and get hands-on with the garden.

Please note the car park gates are closed when the garden is shut.

Take a guided tour with our friendly volunteers as they share the history of the garden and Museum of Farming Life.

We offer guided tours for groups.

Highchair

We have two holiday properties at Pitmedden Garden:

Beechgrove Cottage (sleeps 4)

North Wing (sleeps 7)

Booking a holiday with the National Trust for Scotland helps us to protect this special place, now and for the future.

Parking is free for members of the National Trust for Scotland.

Otherwise there are pay & display charges.

Please note Pitmedden Garden car park will be open daily between 9.30am–4.30pm. The car park is locked/secured overnight.

The picnic area is an ideal spot to stop for lunch.

The heart of the property is the formal walled parterre garden. There are also extensive herbaceous borders with an abundance of colour and scent. Fountains, topiary, sundials and a fascinating herb garden add to the sense of discovery.

The surrounding woods are a haven for birds and other wildlife.

The adjacent Museum of Farming Life boasts an extensive collection of domestic and agricultural artefacts.

Our gift shop has a great selection of gifts, as well as seasonal garden produce when available, including our delicious apple juice and jelly.

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Walks

Please be aware that Pitmedden Garden is a heritage site and has some uneven surfaces. There are 16 steps from the upper to the lower parterre gardens and our staff are happy to help make your visit as enjoyable as possible for you.

  • The tearoom, upper garden and parts of the museum are all accessible.
  • The lower parterres are accessible via an alternative entrance – please ask staff.