Things to do at Paxton House review
Paxto House is a historic house in Paxton, Berwickshire on the Scottish Borders. It is a few miles south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed overlooking the River Tweed. It is a neo-Palladian Georgian mansion set in 80 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland with a play park and boat trips.
Paxton House is full of treasures and everyone of all ages are made welcome, even the dog. You can learn more about the house on a house tour. There is also an art gallery and Scotland’s only surviving 18th-century waterwheel and beam pump.
Within the grounds, families can take part in one of their trails including wildlife spotting and testing of your navigational skills. They even have a fairy trail and there are many walks to suit even the youngest adventurer. There is an adventure playground with a giant zip wire, swings, slide and a jingly jangly bridge. Natural play is encouraged with den building in the woodland.
You can also take an idyllic and relaxing boat ride up the River Tweed and learn about the wildlife and local history from one of their knowledgeable skippers. The boat trips run from Paxton house upstream to the Old Quarry, towards Horncliffe. The trip takes approximately one hour and there is an additional charge to your entrance ticket.
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FAQ and Further Information Paxton House
Is there food and drink available?
There is a tearoom serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic, they have picnic tables within the grounds.
What are the main things to do?
Historic house with tours, adventure playground, family-friendly trails, den building and boat trips. There are toilets and a tearoom.
What are the ticket prices?
*Mid-range – higher-priced
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – higher-priced. An adult house and gardens ticket costs £10, children 5-16 £5, under 5s are free. Boat trips are £5 or £10 for an adult, £2.50/£5 for a child. Family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a car park.
When are they open?
Paxton House is open from mid-March until early November. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are allowed in the grounds but they must have a lead on. Guide Dogs are allowed in the House and the Stables Tearoom