Paxton House is situated on the banks of the River Tweed, near Berwick-upon-Tweed. Designed by John and James Adam in 1758, it is perhaps the finest example of an eighteenth-century Palladian country house in Britain and contains a pre-eminent collection of Chippendale furniture. In 1811, the Edinburgh architect Robert Reid added the largest purpose-built picture gallery in a Scottish country house.
Originally conceived as a home to display the painting collection of George’s cousin Patrick Home, the Picture Gallery has featured a large group of paintings on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland since 1992.
The house lies at the centre of eighty acres of accessible gardens, woodland and parkland. Nearby, the newly restored Victorian boathouse and salmon fishing museum have been reinstated as a feature on the river and visitors can enjoy boat trips along the River Tweed during the summer months. Picnic areas, animal observation hides and an adventure playground have been provided for family visitors.
Opening times and admission
Full details of opening times, admission charges and tour information for Paxton House can be found on the Paxton House website.
Directions and access
By car: Paxton House is easily accessible by car and is sign posted three miles from the A1 Berwick-upon-Tweed bypass on the B6461 and from the A697 junction with the B6461.
By bus: The number 32 bus service operates every day except Sunday from Berwick and will take you from Golden Square or the Railway Station (bus stop opposite back entrance to The Castle Hotel) directly to Paxton House.
There is lift access to the first floor of the house. Due to the size of the lift, some modified wheelchairs are too wide to fit safely, please call in advance if you need further information.
The Courtyard, Stables Tearoom and Regency Gift Shop are all accessible by wheelchair and there is a wheelchair available to use for a tour of the house or in the grounds. Please visit the Paxton House website for more details.
Berwick upon Tweed
Art at Paxton House
The paintings on display at Paxton present an overview of Scottish Art and include portraits, still lifes, landscapes and history paintings dating from the early eighteenth century to the twentieth century. Works by celebrated Scottish artists Sir Henry Raeburn, William McTaggart and Sir William Allan can be enjoyed alongside modern paintings by the renowned Scottish colourists Samuel John Peploe and George Leslie Hunter, and artists with local connections to the Borders, Anne Redpath and Sir William Gillies.