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Things to do in Coldstream, Scottish Borders

Coldstream is a small town situated on the river tweed, which forms the natural boundary between Scotland and England.

Once a rival to Gretna for runaway marriages, the town is best known as the birthplace of the Coldstream Guards.

Each year during Coldstream Civic Week in August, a ride from Coldstream to Flodden across the border to England takes place to honour the Scots who lost their lives in the battle of 1513.

A plaque near the market shows the position of the house where General Monk raised the Coldstream Guards for Cromwell's Army in 1650.

The nearby Hirsel estate offers woodland and lakeside walks, with a wonderful display of rhododendrons and azaleas in May and June, as well as an estate museum and craft workshops.

The Coldstream Museum features the history of the famous Coldstream Guard regiment and also tells the story of Coldstream from 1750.

To the east near Berwick is Paxton House and Country Park. Across on the English side of the Border lies Cornhill-on-Tweed.

Just a few miles away are the twin estates of Ford and Etal, whose visitor attractions include a medieval castle, working corn mill, crafts centre, light railway and riding centre.

For leisure and recreation Coldstream has a Bowling Green and Tennis Court.

Tourist Information (open Easter to end of October) Town Hall, High Street, Coldstream Tel: +44 (0) 1890 882 607

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