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Abden House, The Confucius Institute

Door open days

29 September 2018 (10:00-16:00)


Abden House was built in 1855 for Thomas Nelson, founder of the Scottish publishers of the same name, and designed by civil engineer Thomas Davies. Today it’s the property of the University of Edinburgh, gift to them by Sir Donald Pollock.

Built with three storeys in the Jacobean revivalist style of the 19th century, Abden faces a carriage circle with gates at the end of Marchhall Crescent. It has an irregular plan with single story wings on the North and South sides.



Key Information

Architect: Thomas Davies

Building Date: 1855

Limited disabled access/disabled access with assistance

Activities: We expect to include activities such as the chance to try writing with a Chinese brush pen (calligraphy); Chinese knotting to make e.g. bracelets or hanging ornaments; an introduction to Chinese chess; introduction to Chinese musical instruments and , Chinese tea tasting.  Our programme is suitable for all age groups and families.

Year Of Young People: The language and cultural activities we offer on the day encourage people of all ages to learn more about China and the Chinese during their visit.

Where to find us

  • 1 Marshall Crescent
  • EH15 5HP