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Located in the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Elizabethan Town House offers visitors to Berwick accommodation for them to base themselves at whilst discovering North Northumberland and the Borders of Scotland.

 

Border history may well have been dominated by the political struggle between England and Scotland, but it would be wrong to assume that the story of the Borders was always a saga of Englishman against Scot and vice versa. In Elizabethan times the Anglo-Scottish Border counties, including Northumberland, were the home to the notorious Border Reivers, the lawless clans of the border valleys, where a lifestyle of raiding and marauding was the only way to survive. The life of the Border Reiver was not necessarily ruled by his allegiance to the English or Scottish Crowns, but more likely by his allegiance to a family surname.

Feuds were often fought and raids were made, not in the name of England or Scotland, but in the names of Armstrong, Robson, Charlton, Elliott or Dodd, or in the names of other Border surnames, that are still common in the region today. Indeed it was a common occurance for English families to side with Scottish families in border feuds, especially as some of the reiver surnames, like Armstrong, Hall and Graham were to be found on both sides of the border

 

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1   Link   Abbotsford
Visitors are able to view Sir Walter Scott's immense collection of historic relics, weapons and armour, and over 9,000 rare books. Visitors can visit the Private Chapel, and wander through the beautiful grounds, gardens and along the woodland walk.
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2   Link   Alnwick Garden
There’s so much more to explore at The Alnwick Garden. Acres of fascinating plants, water sculptures and our infamous Poison Garden, for a start. Not to mention one of the world’s largest wooden tree houses. There really is something to enjoy on every one of the 364 days a year that we’re open, including creative performances and tours, hands-on workshops, fabulous local food and inspirational gifts from Northumberland. It’s a wonderful garden, and an even better day out.
1766
3   Link   Manderston
Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan-song of its era.
2098
4   Link   The Hirsel
Set in the beautiful Scottish Borders, the Park can be found on the western outskirts of Coldstream, which marks the border between Scotland and England.

There is something for everyone at the Park, a variety of walks by lakeside, river and wood through the grounds of the Hirsel Estate, along the way catching sight of the well known Douglas pedigree Highland Cattle and many forms of wildlife.
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5   Link   Paxton House
Situated on the banks of the river Tweed, Paxton House is a hidden gem. Built by the Adam brothers in 1758 for the young Patrick Home it is perhaps the finest example of 18th century Palladian Country houses in Britain.
1906
6   Link   Berwick Barracks
Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks hosts a number of attractions, including 'By Beat of Drum' - an exhibition on the life of the British infantryman. While there, visit the King's Own Scottish Borderers Museum, the Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery and the Berwick Borough Museum.
1957
7   Link   Grace Darling Museum
Read the story of Grace Darling and discover the details of what happened that stormy night in 1838 when Grace and her father risked a terrible storm to help those in danger.
1888
8   Link   Ford & Etal
The Essence of North Northumberland. Lying in the valley of the River Till, the communities of Ford, Etal, Branxton, Milfield and Crookham have so much to offer. First-time visitors may have been drawn by the principal attractions outlined below, but as regulars to the area will confirm, there is so much to see and do that one visit simply will not reveal all.
1919
9   Link   Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Our honey and beeswax comes from 1,800 colonies of bees situated throughout the north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. The hives themselves are crafted at the honey farm and transported by Willie Robson and his son, Stephen, to fields of borage, beans, oil seed rape and clover in the spring, and are moved to the heather in late summer.
1781
10   Link   Bamburgh Castle
One of the most imposing castles in England, Bamburgh castle sits on a basalt crag dominating this part of the beautiful Northumberland coast.
1848