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Scottish Borders Museums

Places to go in Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders

Moat Park Heritage Centre, Biggar

Description: One of a series of museums and places of interest within the town of Biggar. Meet an Iron Age family or a Roman soldier. See the 'Menzies Moffat' tapestry. Ownership: Biggar Museums Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 038377 How to get there: By car: On the A7202 road from Edinburgh to Lanark (via A 73) and South. Easily accessible also from the M74 Glasgow to Carlisl...
Type: Museums

Biggar Albion Archive and Foundation

Description: One of a series of museums and places of interest within the town of Biggar. The Albion building houses vehicles and archives of Albion Motors, a commercial vehicle manufacturing firm started in 1899. A small motor museum is open at weekends. The Biggar Albion Archive and Foundation was formed in 2001 and had its beginnings in Biggar Museum Trust but now operates independently. ...
Type: Museums

Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

Description: This is the museum of Alnwick and District, where you can explore the turbulent history of North Northumberland. Located in the former St Mary’s Church, there are six specially themed areas capturing the unique nature of this historic region. Ownership: Registered Charity Situation – OS ref: NU 175136 How to get there: By car: In the town of Alnwick at 14 Bailiffgate,...
Type: Museums

Places to go in Berwick, Scottish Borders

Berwick upon Tweed Borough Museum

Description: This museum tells the story of Berwick upon Tweed through the ages. Explore the old garrison town and surroundings through the sights and sounds of "Window on Berwick". Included in this museum is an exhibition of that part of the world famous Burrell Collection which Sir William Burrell, who lived at Hutton Castle, gave to Berwick upon Tweed – some 300 pieces of the fine...
Type: Museums

Places to go in Berwick, Scottish Borders

Berwick Main Guard

Description: Georgian military guardhouse, built in 1815, which contains an exhibition of the history of the town and Royal Berwick. Ownership: English Heritage and Berwick Civic Society Situation – OS ref: NT 999525 How to get there: By car: At Palace Green, in the town of Berwick upon Tweed. Car parking. By public transport: Regular Bus services from Edinburgh, Newcastle and th...
Type: Museums

Biggar Gasworks Museum

Description: Find out how gas was made from coal in the only preserved gasworks in Scotland. Built in 1839, Biggar Gas Works remains just as it was when it closed in 1973 following the arrival of North Sea gas. Ownership: Biggar Museums Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 038376 How to get there: By car: On the A7202 road from Edinburgh to Lanark (via A 73) and South. Easily accessible also...
Type: Museums

Brownsbank Cottage, by Biggar

Description: This cottage, the but and ben where Scotlands's international poet, Hugh MacDiarmid (Christopher Grieve) lived with his wife Valda from 1951 until their deaths in 1978 and 1989, has been restored to be exactly as it was. It is now a registered museum and home to a writer-in-residence. Ownership: Biggar Museum Trust Situation – OS ref: How to get there: By car: 2 mi...
Type: Museums

Places to go in Berwick, Scottish Borders

Berwick Barracks - By Beat of Drum

Description: An exhibition which chronicles the history of the infantryman of the British Army from 1660 to 1900. There are 12 rooms which show reconstructions of barrack room life with original uniforms and equipment. Ownership: English Heritage - part of Berwick Barracks. Situation – OS ref: NU 001531 How to get there: By car: In the town of Berwick upon Tweed. Car parking. By p...
Type: Museums

Places to go in Coldstream, Scottish Borders

Coldstream Museum

Description: A local history museum with a special section for The Coldstream Guards. Temporary exhibitions each year. Picnic area and courtyard. Children’s Corner. Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Situation – OS ref: NT 845397 How to get there: By car: In Coldstream Market Square., off the A698 Kelso to Cornhill road. By public transport: Regular bus services from Kelso to ...
Type: Museums

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Description: One of the finest privately-owned collections of gemstones, minerals, crystals and art items made from them in the country. Erupting volcano and crystal cave Ownership: Private Situation – OS ref: How to get there: By car: Just off the main A75 Dumfries to Stranraer Road in the village of Creetown. Signposted in the village By public transport: Regular public tra...
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Places to go in Selkirk, Scottish Borders

Halliwell's House Museum

Description: This museum explores and reveals the life of Selkirk through the ages. See the lives of the working people in majestic displays, follow the Time-line, find out about ‘The Souters’ and see the Flodden Flag, brought home by the only survivor from the town. Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Situation – OS ref: NT 470284 How to get there: By car: Just off Selkirk Marke...
Type: Museums

Gladstone Court, Biggar

Description: One of a series of museums and places of interest within the town of Biggar. A museum of Victorian social history. Walk along the street as it was, visit the shops or sit in the schoolroom. Ownership: Biggar Museums Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 042378 How to get there: By car: On the A7202 road from Edinburgh to Lanark (via A 73) and South. Easily accessible also from t...
Type: Museums

Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Grace Darling National Memorial Museum, Bamburgh

Description: A Museum of the Life and Times of lifeboat heroine, Grace Darling. Ownership: Royal National Lifeboat Institution Situation – OS ref: NU 178349 How to get there: By car: In the village of Bamburgh. Turn off the A1, south of Berwick upon Tweed along the B1342. Signposted Bamburgh and Seahouses. By public transport: Regular bus services from Berwick upon Tweed. OPENI...
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Greenhill Covenanters' House, Biggar

Description: One of a series of museums and places of interest within the town of Biggar. Biggar Museum Trust rescued this 17th century farmhouse from its original site some 13 kilometres away. They rebuilt and refurbished it in 1975. Here you can return to the troubled times of the 18th century. Ownership: Biggar Museums Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 040381 How to get there: By car:...
Type: Museums

Hawick Museum

Description: Museum displaying the manufacturing and domestic life of the area. Local history is well covered. Discover passionate collectors, racing legends, famous painters and local history in a historic house within a beautiful Victorian park. A lively programme of changing art and museum exhibitions throughout the year means there is always something new to see. The Jimmie Guthrie and S...
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Places to go in Jedburgh, Scottish Borders

Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum

Description: 19th century Howard Reform prison with a local history interpretation centre and audio tours. On the site of the Royal Castle of Jedburgh. Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Situation – OS ref: NT 648202 How to get there: By car: Within the town of Jedburgh. Up the hill from the town Square, going South. By public transport: Within walking distance of the town centre....
Type: Museums

Places to go in Duns, Scottish Borders

Jim Clark Room, Duns

Description: Museum dedicated to the life of Jim Clark, twice world motor racing champion in the 1960’s. Contains a unique collection of memorabilia, trophies and photographs. Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Museums Service Situation – Within the town of Duns, at 44 Newtown Street. How to get there: By car: In Duns. Public car parking nearby. By public transport: Regular bus...
Type: Museums

John Buchan Story, Peebles

Description: Memorial display to John Buchan, novelist and statesman. As Lord Tweedsmuir he was Governor-General of Canada; as John Buchan he wrote The Thirty Nine Steps and many other works of fiction. Ownership: Biggar Museum Trust Situation – OS ref: NT253403 b]How to get there: By car: Just off the main street of Peebles. By public transport: Regular bus services from other...
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King's Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum

Description: This museum honours the history of this famous regiment from 1689 to the present day. It follows the changes in weaponry, uniforms etc with tableaux and audio-visual displays Ownershi...
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Places to go in Northumberland, Scottish Borders

Marine Life Centre and Northumbria's Haunted Kingdom, Seahouses

Description: This museum is an entertaining and an educational experience – a time tunnel of the fishing industry both at sea and ashore in Seahouses. Also has the Haunted Kingdom, a walk through Gh...
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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Description: The new Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Ownership: Private – The Official Residences of the Queen. Situation – OS ref: NT 269739 How to get there: By car: In Holyrood Park, at foot of Royal Mile. Car parking alongside. By public transport: Buses number 35, 64 and open-topped tour buses stop nearby. Opening Hours 2011 The Queen's Gallery is...
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Robert D Clapperton Photographic, Selkirk

Description: An original Daylight Photographic Studio dating from 1867. Has an amazing collection of negatives and photographic artefacts. See what it was like when you made a visit to a photographer’s studio c 1890. See how the finished print was produced from the original glass negative. Demonstrations when time allows. Ownership: Private Situation – OS ref: NT 475293 How to get t...
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Places to go in The-Lothians, Scottish Borders

Scottish Mining Museum, Newtongrange

Description: The Scottish Museum of Mining at the former Lady Victoria Colliery. The guides are former miners, the atmosphere is that of the mine. This is the place to come to experience what miners actually faced each and every day of their working lives. See the danger, feel the blood and sweat in this once dangerous place. Ownership: Scottish Mining Museum Trust Situation – OS ref: N...
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Places to go in Selkirk, Scottish Borders

Sir Walter Scott's Courtroom

Description: The building in Selkirk where Sir Walter Scott sat as a Sheriff of Selkirk from 1804 till 1832. Now a museum which explores his life, his writings and especially his time as a Sheriff. Also features James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, and Mungo Park, the African Explorer. Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Situation – OS ref: NT 471285 How to get there: By car: In t...
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Places to go in Melrose, Scottish Borders

The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre

Description: Modern exhibition on the life of the Scottish Roman Frontier. Artefacts, models, panels, replicas etc. New attraction is the reconstruction of the Roman soldier’s head. Ownership: Trimontium Trust Situation – OS ref: NT 547339 How to get there: By car: In Melrose Square. Car parking nearby (some Free, some Pay & Display) By public transport: Regular bus service...
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Places to go in Peebles, Scottish Borders

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery

Description: The story of the Royal Burgh of Peebles and the surrounding area from pre-historic times up to the present. Regular exhibitions of contemporary arts and crafts throughout the summer months. Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Situation – OS ref: NT 253403 In the Chambers Institute. How to get there: By car: Just off the main street of Peebles. By public transport...
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Places to go in Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

Eyemouth Museum

Description: Museum, which has a major tapestry detailing the fishing disaster of 1881. Exhibitions for farming, milling, wheelwrighting and blacksmithing. Ownership: Charitable Trust. Self-financing Situation – OS ref: NT 944642 How to get there: By car: Within the town of Eyemouth in the Auld Kirk, Manse Road. By public transport: Town is well served by Public Transport from...
Type: Museums

Places to go in The-Lothians, Scottish Borders

National Museum of Flight

Description: Head off on a journey of discovery at this former airfield and explore the history of aviation from the First World War to the present day. Fill your day with interactive exhibitions, supersonic experiences, historic hangars, an assault course and acres of green grass and fresh air. Explore the site on foot or jump aboard the Airfield Explorer to tour our hangars and discover our na...
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Places to go in Galashiels, Scottish Borders

Old Gala House

Description: Formerly the home of the Pringles of Galashiels, this is now a Museum, Conference Centre and Gallery where a wide range of Exhibitions are held in the three gallery spaces. It is also the home of the Borders Family History Society. Ownership: Scottish Borders Council Situation – OS ref: NT 489361 How to get there: It is in Scott Crescent within the town. By car: Scott...
Type: Museums

Scottish Borders Museums