Berwick’s neighbouring towns, just over the Border into Scotland, have many attractions which should not be missed.
Duns is most famously home of the Jim Clark Room and Rally. Jim Clark, born in Fife, but raised near Duns, became one of the greatest world champions that motor racing has ever seen. He was twice world motor racing champion in the 1960’s, and this free entry museum contains a unique collection of memorabilia, trophies and photographs of his life. Jim Clark Room is due to reopen on 25th March 2019 following major refurbishment.
Manderston House, near Duns, is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland. It was designed by architect John Kinross and no expense was spared. Visitors on open days can explore opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive "downstairs" domestic quarters. It stands in 56 acres of formal gardens, with magnificent stables and stunning marble dairy. Opening times are limited, contact house for specific dates.
Eyemouth, a picturesque harbour town in the Scottish Borders, is just nine miles north of Berwick. Eyemouth has some excellent interactive museums that reflect its seafaring history, including Gunsgreen House. This impressive house was built for local smuggler and merchant John Nisbet in the 1750s, and has a host of smugglers secrets for visitors to discover.
Eyemouth Rib Trips operate throughout the main season from Eyemouth Harbour. Berwickshire boat trips offer a great choice with a very popular Fast Blast appealing to kids and adults alike - every bit as quick as it's name suggests! Or the leisurely Coastal Exploration is a relaxing sea safari and scenic trip along the stunning Berwickshire coastline, with caves, seals and seabirds.
Coldingham Bay is located just 11 miles north of Berwick upon Tweed. Whilst the village centre has a couple of family friendly pubs, the jewel in its crown is Coldingham Sands just a 10 minute walk from the village centre. The beach, which is approximately 200 metres wide, is well sheltered by headlands to the north and south with rocky sections at both extremities of the sand which are perfect for exploring rock pools. It is is popular with surfers and body boarders, check out St Vedas Surf Shop for more info.
St Abbs is a small, picturesque fishing village situated at the foot of the St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve and adjacent to the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve. The area is internationally important for its rugged landscape and wildlife, both above and below the waves. Find out more at St Abbs Visitor Centre.
Just under 5 miles west of Berwick, within walking distance of Paxton village, situated on the banks of the magnificent River Tweed, you will find Paxton House . This magnificent mansion is possibly one of the finest examples of an 18th century Palladian Country house in Britain today. There is a large adventure playground that caters for children of all ages with plenty of benches for picnics. Open daily from April to October, with a calendar of events running throughout this time.
If you enjoy walking, head north from Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Berwickshire Coast Path and walk to St Abbs Head and beyond!