History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

Reminders of our eventful past are never far away.

Abbotsford

Abbotsford

Discover Scott’s ‘conundrum castle’ at Abbotsford, a place where fact and fiction collide. The extraordinary home of the man who gave us the historical novel, popularised tartan and rediscovered Scotland’s Crown Jewels.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

See the longest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, visible today, at Birdoswald Roman Fort. Known as ‘Banna’ and garrisoned by a unit of Roman auxiliary soldiers, Birdoswald has the best preserved defences of any major fort on the Wall.

Bowhill House

Bowhill House

Deep in the heart of the Scottish Borders, beside winding glens and heathery hills, an enchanting estate awaits you. At the centre is Bowhill House, a magnificent country home reflected in a loch with rooftops framed by forestry.

Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Roman Fort

Discover the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain at Chesters Roman Fort with a myriad of unique Roman finds on display, and the chance to learn about the man who saved the Wall from destruction.

Coldstream Museum

Coldstream Museum

In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions, Coldstream Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish, burgh and its people from priory to provost, trade to twinning, and the Coldstream Guards.

Corbridge Roman Town

Corbridge Roman Town

Not all the sites on Hadrian’s Wall were heavily-guarded fortresses though! Corbridge Roman Town was once a bustling town and supply base where Romans and civilians would pick up food and provisions.

Creetown Gemrock Museum

Creetown Gemrock Museum

Creetown Gemrock Museum is a celebration of ash’s treasures. A beautiful world-class, world-wide collection of gemstones, crystals, minerals and fossils demonstrating the sheer power and wonder of nature.

Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey

Perhaps the most beautiful of all the Border Abbeys, the ruins of Dryburgh Abbey are remarkably complete and surrounded by beautiful grounds. The Abbey boasts some of the best Gothic architecture in Scotland.

Duns Castle

Duns Castle

Make your visit to Duns Castle complete with some outdoor activities including croquet, tennis, falconry, fishing, archery, clay pigeon shooting and off-road driving, all of which can be arranged by request.

Eyemouth Museum

Eyemouth Museum

Eyemouth Museum is based in the town centre and documents the fishing and social heritage of Eyemouth. As a museum, information centre, exhibition gallery and gift shop you are sure to find at least one reason to visit.

Floors Castle

Floors Castle

Floors Castle has been welcoming visitors for over 40 years and one of its main attractions is that it is still a family home. This gives the house such life and charm and it sets it apart from most historic houses.

Glen

Glen

Glen is a farm and residential community hidden in the hills of the Scottish Borders, where a natural refuge of 18th century designed landscape of parkland and woods sweeps up to heather moorland on all sides.

Gunsgreen House

Gunsgreen House

Gunsgreen House is a house of secrets, an imposing Georgian mansion built for Merchant-Smuggler John Nisbet by John Adam c.1750 on the Harbour side in Eyemouth, visit and discover the secrets.

Halliwell’s House Museum

Halliwell's House Museum

Halliwell’s House Museum is located in the historic Halliwell Close. The museum tells the story of this atmospheric close, which was once the home of many businesses including ironmongers, weavers and shoemakers.

Hawick Museum

Hawick Museum

Find out about the fascinating lives of the town’s people at Hawick Museum. There is always something new to see with a lively programme of changing art and museum exhibitions throughout the year.

Hermitage Castle

Hermitage Castle

Hermitage Castle is found in a beautiful location in Liddesdale. The castle also has a romantic past, with the Mary of Queen of Scots visiting her secret lover, the 4th Earl of Bothwell here when he was injured and on his sickbed.

Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort

Stand on the edge of the Roman Empire at Housesteads Roman Fort and take in an awe-inspiring 360-degree view point. You can explore the most complete and visible example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain.

Jedburgh Abbey

Jedburgh Abbey

Explore the fascinating Jedburgh Abbey along with its visitor centre and surrounding herb garden with aromatic plants. The church was built in the Romanesque and early Gothic styles and is remarkably complete.

Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum

Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum

Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum is an impressive building with stunning views across the town. As well as learning about the history of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh, the jail gives visitors the chance to experience life in a 1820s prison.

Kelso Abbey

Kelso Abbey

Wander among the remains of a spectacular example of Scottish monastic architecture. The amazing Kelso Abbey was founded in the 1100s and was one of Scotland’s largest and wealthiest religious houses.

Lennoxlove House

Lennoxlove House

Lennoxlove House was once a Roman stronghold and by 1250 a baronial caput. A history of Scotland and its protagonists is engagingly told through the celebrated art collection that adorns the rooms.

Manderston

Manderston House

Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland. A house on which no expense was spared with opulent staterooms, the only silver-staircase in the world and extensive “downstairs” domestic quarters.

Mary Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre

Mary Queen of Scots Visitor Centre

Mary Queen of Scots’ Visitor Centre is located within a 16th century towerhouse, set in a pear tree garden in the heart of Jedburgh. Explore the town’s connections with Mary Queen of Scots at this fascinating visitor centre.

Mellerstain House & Gardens

Mellerstain

Mellerstain House & Gardens is one of Scotland’s finest stately homes, this Robert Adam masterpiece is a ‘must-see’. Its idyllic location does not disappoint, with acres of parkland, formal gardens and more to explore.

Melrose Abbey

Melrose Abbey

The exterior of this magnificent ruin is decorated by unusual sculptures, including hobgoblins, cooks with ladles and a bagpipe playing pig. Melrose Abbey is also thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart.

Paxton House

Paxton House

Paxton House is family friendly, fun and full of treasures, there is something for all ages. Enjoy exploring the grounds and gardens, indulge in a delicious lunch in the Stables Café and treat yourself in the Regency gift shop.

Robert Smail’s Printing Works

Robert Smail's Printing Works

At Robert Smail’s Printing Works you can see rack upon rack of founders’ type arranged around the caseroom. Here, everything was punctiliously set by hand, for the family made little attempt to enter the 20th century.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel

Dating from 1446, Rosslyn Chapel took over 40 years to complete. The beauty of its setting and the mysterious symbolism of its ornate stonework have inspired, intrigued and attracted visitors ever since.

Smailholm Tower

Smailholm Tower

This 65 ft towerhouse was built by a well-known Scottish Borders family in the first half of the 15th century, and today you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside from the battlements at Smailholm Tower.

The Haining

The Haining

The Haining is a country house and estate situated in Selkirk, the present house dates from the 1790s. There are various walks around the estate, and the Borders Abbey Way also passes through the estate’s fields.

The Trimontium Museum

The Trimontium Museum

The Trimontium Museum is located in the small town of Melrose. The collection derives from the 370-acre Romano-native complex at the village of Newstead, one mile to the East, in the lee of the three Eildon Hills.

Thirlestane Castle

Thirlestane Castle

A magnificent 16th century castle set in a quiet meadow landscape, you will find Thirlestane Castle distinctly different. Family home of the Duke of Lauderdale, it is one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland.

Traquair House

Traquair House

Traquair House offers a wide and exciting range of tours and events throughout the year. The tours range from the free-roaming pass to an exclusive guided tour with Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the 21st Lady of Traquair.

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery is one of the top places to visit in Carlisle, where historic collections, contemporary art and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.