Sir Walter Scott's Abbotsford House visits approach 25,000

Abbotsford House The house was officially reopened by the Queen at the beginning of July

Related Stories

Nearly 25,000 people have visited the former home of Sir Walter Scott in the eight weeks since it reopened after a multi-million pound restoration.

Abbotsford House in the Borders was opened by the Queen on 3 July.

More than £12m has been spent on the restoration and refurbishment work to "preserve and protect" the property.

Abbotsford Trust chief executive Jason Dyer said the trust had been confident the site would attract visitors but figures had surpassed its expectations.

Numbers for the year have been boosted by a further 21,000 people taking in the attraction's gardens and its visitor centre in the run-up to the reopening.

The majority of the visitors were from England and Scotland but 30% were from elsewhere in Europe, 5% from the USA and 5% from the rest of the world including India and China.

Mr Dyer said: "Scott left a huge global cultural and literary legacy and we're delighted that the newly transformed Abbotsford is rekindling an interest in this great man.

"We're extremely pleased that this new chapter in Abbotsford's life has been so warmly welcomed, bringing new people to enjoy not just Abbotsford but, we hope, other towns and attractions in the local area too."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South Scotland

Weather

Dumfries

Min. Night 5 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • UnderwaterHidden depths

    How do you explore the bottom of the ocean? BBC Future finds out

Programmes

  • A model with a projection mapped onto her faceClick Watch

    Face hacking - how to use a computer to turn your face into a work of digital art

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.