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Things to do in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

The Historic Royal Burgh of Jedburgh, once a residence of Scottish kings, lies 10 miles north of the border with England. Winner of the country town prize in Beautiful Scotland in Bloom, Jedburgh today offers an attractive setting to follow the town trail, take a riverside walk or browse amongst the shops in the colourful renovated buildings in the Market Place and Canongate.

Jedburgh is the home of a local delicacy, known as 'Jethart Snails', these are sweets made from hard toffee. A shop in the High Street are the sole manufacturers of Jasper Original 'Jethart Snails', why not give them a try!

On Shrove Tuesday each year, Jedburgh is the scene of a custom dating back to medieval times, when a game of handball is played through the streets. The two teams taking part are the 'Uppies' (the residents of the town born above the mercat cross), and the 'Doonies' (those born below it).

Jedburgh Castle was built in the 12th century, it changed between Scotland and England many times in the border battles until the Scottish parliament had it destroyed in 1409, to put an end to the English claiming ownership. The former county prison, built in 1831 now occupies the old castle site. This 19th century reform prison has displays interpreting the history of the town.

Jedburgh Abbey on the banks of the Jed Water was founded in 1138 by David I, was damaged many times and rebuilt. The Church is mostly in the Romanesque and early gothic styles and is remarkably complete. Situated in the town centre is Mary Queen of Scot's house which tells the story of the life of the tragic Queen, who visited Jedburgh in 1556, staying in this Bastle House formerly owned by the Kerr family.

For leisure and recreation, Jedburgh has a 9 hole golf course. The Waterside Fitness Centre with swimming pool gym, sauna suite and sunbed room. Jedburgh Sports Centre offers 3 badminton court areas available for various indoor games, e.g. basketball, archery and hockey. There are also facilities for rock climbing and a dry ski slope.

Tourist Information (Open All Year) Murray's Green, Jedburgh Tel: +44 (01835) 863435

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