Visit to Paxton House, Berwick Upon Tweed

Posted on March 18th, 2010 by Charles Boot
Jun ’10
10:00 am

Visit to Paxton House,
Berwick Upon Tweed, Scottish Borders

Saturday 19 June

Paxton House is situated on the banks of the river Tweed. It is a Palladian country house built by the Adam brothers in 1758 for the young Patrick Home. The planting of the woodland and the layout of the estate are based partly on a plan prepared by the landscape designer Robert Robinson, a follower of Capability Brown, at about the same time as the house was designed. We shall visit both the gardens and the house.

Please note that we have revised the programme; there will now not be a coach (see below for travel suggestions). The group will not be large enough to attract group rates at Paxton House, so you will be free to make your own arrangements for coffee etc on arrival and for lunch.

There will be a guided walk around the estate landscape and gardens in the afternoon, led by GHSS member, Carol Jefferson-Davies and Elizabeth Snow, co-authors of Creating Paxton: A Natural Garden Idyll . There will be two walks, one less strenuous than the other. The more strenuous walk will include the historic Union Chain Bridge (1820) over the Tweed, linking England and Scotland. When it was built it was the longest bridge of its kind in the world.

Revised Timetable:

10.30am Meet up in the tearoom
11am Guided tour of the house
2pm Guided walks around the estate landscape and gardens


Transport is either by own car or by train from Edinburgh Waverley to Berwick. Paxton House is a little over 4 miles from the station. The taxi ride should take about 12 minutes and cost about £10. In order to minimise costs, you are advised to travel on the GHSS designated train from Edinburgh which leaves  Waverley at 9.05am, arriving Berwick at 9.48am. The return train journey will be by the 17.18, arriving in Edinburgh at 18.05. As of 19 May, the return fare (in fact 2 singles) was £10, but, as you know, they change from day to day. You will be responsible for buying your own train tickets and will be able to share the taxi fare with other members if you catch the above trains. Please let Grace Ellis know by email if you plan to catch the above trains and she will look out for you at Waverley. Grace will also have the phone number of a taxi firm if no cabs are waiting at Berwick. Whether you take a taxi with other members or on your own, please make sure that you book the return drive back to the station to fit in with your return train time. Do not risk phoning from Paxton House as you might end up missing your train!

The cost for the revised visit is £8 to include a guided tour of the house and the guided walks.

Download the booking form (please note this has the event information as previously advertised)

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