Paxton House is fully accessible to disabled people and, in partnership with the House, we are committed to doing everything possible to enable disabled visitors to enjoy our events. There is lift access to the first floor of the House where the Picture Gallery is situated. There is also a separate lift up to the Hayloft Gallery where we host our pre-concert suppers. The Courtyard, Tearoom and 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 contact us to arrange use of the lift or for further information.
Location & Directions
Paxton House is located in the Scottish Borders, inland/west of Berwick-upon-Tweed. The entrance to the estate is on the B6461, opposite the junction with the B6460 and adjacent to the village of Paxton. The house is signposted from the A1 Berwick-upon-Tweed bypass, and the entrance is 3 miles along the B6461 on the left hand side.
Please note – the Union Chain Bridge at Horncliffe is closed until Spring 2021.
Following feedback from visitors, rather than organising our own suppers this year, we are working closely with the Paxton House catering team and the village pub, the Cross Inn, to ensure that the catering needs of our visitors are taken care of. Full details below, including how to book.
Bring your own picnic
Popular with visitors last year, the Festival Hub in the Marquee will be open from 5pm Monday to Friday, and all weekend for you to enjoy your picnic under cover, come rain or shine. Chairs and tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and there are plenty of picnic tables within the grounds of Paxton. Alternatively, why not bring a rug and head for the riverbank?
The Stables Tearoom will be open daily from 10am during the Festival, serving drinks, light snacks and pastries. Relax in the stables or dine al fresco in the courtyard. The Tearoom will also open each evening as a licensed bistro serving seasonal dishes using the best available seasonal produce from across the region.
Dine in the village
The Cross Inn is a traditional country pub in the heart of the village of Paxton, just five minutes by car from Paxton House. The bar is stocked with fine wines, regional ales and soft drinks, and menus are prepared using locally sourced produce where possible. Lunch is served 12pm – 2pm with early evening meals available from 5pm. A pre-order service is available for those on a tight schedule.
Why not make a weekend of Music at Paxton?
Enjoy the best of Scottish Borders hospitality from our partner hotel, The Wheatsheaf Hotel & Restaurant overlooking the green of the pretty Berwickshire village of Swinton.
Here are some which have been recommended to us:
Allanton (6 miles from Paxton House)
The Allanton Inn
Ayton (10 miles from Paxton House)
Please let us know if you have any other recommendations.
The Scottish Borders is a fascinating area. Bustling market towns, magnificent abbeys and rolling hills to the west; picturesque coves and fishing villages along the Berwickshire coastline; and the Tweed Valley with its castles and stately homes. The village of Paxton is a short walk from the Paxton Estate, and the historic Union Chain Bridge – celebrating its 200th birthday in 2020 – can be seen in all its splendour from the grounds of Paxton.
South of the Border, England’s most northerly town of Berwick-upon-Tweed – with its Elizabethan walls and iconic Royal Border Bridge – is just 5 miles from Paxton. The unique island of Lindisfarne lies a mile off the mainland south of Berwick, and the Northumberland National Park is a short drive away.
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