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Little Sparta 2018

June-September on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

12.30 pm - 5 pm
(last admission 4 pm)

Adults 12.50; students* 7.50

*student ID or YoungScot card

If you would like to make a group booking, please contact us.

Sorry, dogs are not allowed in the garden (except working assistance dogs).

Minibus transport from central Edinburgh to Little Sparta is available on the first Saturday of each month and every Saturday in August. Places must be booked in advance here.

Text updated 17 April 2018


Little Sparta: a guide to the garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay

By Jessie Sheeler & Robin Gillanders

Birlinn, August 2015, 14.99

This new companion to Little Sparta tells the story of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s extraordinary creation, exploring the underlying themes, and introducing and explaining the significance of the main elements and artworks in each part of the garden. Featuring new photography, as well as archive material, it also shows how the garden has matured and developed over the last 50 years.

front cover

Price including P&P

If you buy from us we retain one hundred percent of the cover price and all funds are reinvested in conserving the garden.

Page updated 1 March 2017

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