Museums and History


There are numerous quirky museums located at a short distance from the Manor. For museums in the Cities of Newcastle and Edinburgh please look at the Explore the Location section.


The Black House - (Located on the Grounds of Manor)


This cottage was preserved in 1905 and shows how the workmen who worked on the lake and at the house lived.


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Borders Textile Towerhouse


Borders Textile Towerhouse lets visitors discover the knitwear and tweed story, how the Borders woollen industries reached the height of luxury and fashion. You will see garments, fabrics, objects, photographs and art, revealing over 200 years of tradition and innovation in the Borders Industry.


April-October Mon-Sat 10.00am-4.30pm and Sun 12.00pm-3.00pm; November-March Mon-Sat 10.00am-4.00pm. Tues/Sun Closed




Duns Exhibition Room


The Duns Museum and Gallery Service offers an exciting range of exhibits from the reserve collections including an annual exhibition relating to Jim Clark and motor sport.


Monday and Friday 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm; Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-7.00pm; Wenesday 10.00am-1.00pm; Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm

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Hawick Museum


Hawick Museum's parkland location and fascinating displays reflect the endeavour of the town and its people. The objects and fine works of art collected are not just about Hawick but a window on the world.


April-September Monday to Friday-10.00am-12.00pm and 1.00pm-5.00pm and Saturday,Sunday 2.00pm-5.00pm; October-March Monday to Friday-12.00pm-3.00pm and Sun-1.00pm-3.00pm

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Jim Clark Room


A full and compelling account of the motor racing career of double World Champion Jim Clark.
Jim Clark became a household name for motor racing fans in the 1960s for his quiet assuming ways and very fast and smooth driving on the track. Driving for Lotus (1960-1968) he won two Formula One World Championships (1963 and 1965).

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Old Gala House


Old Gala House is a composite building which has been added to and altered over a period of more than 400 years. The house has been a museum site since 1988. As well as the permanent collection, there are three main spaces which cater for a changing programme of Fine Art and historical exhibitions: the Christopher Boyd Gallery; the Pringle Gallery and Cafe and the Museum Room.


March to May and September-Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm; June to August-Monday to Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm and Sunday 1.00pm-4.00pm; October-Tuesday to Friday 1.00pm-4.00pm and Saturday-10.00am-4.00pm; Closed Friday 14 June and Saturday 29 June

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St Ronan's Wells Visitor Centre


This historic spa hosts exhibitions telling the story of Innerleithen and St Ronan's Wells, describing their connections with the great Scottish writers Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. The origins of the unique Cleikum ceremonies held in July each year are also explored. The garden surrounding the spa featured in the BBC Beechgrove Garden, and the gardens continue to be developed and enhanced with new plantings and sculpture.

2nd April to 30th October-Monday-Friday 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm and Saturday-Sunday 2.00pm-5.00pm

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Coldstream Museum


Permanent displays relating to the Coldstream Guards and the town of Coldstream, featuring artefacts on loan from the Coldstream Guards, the Provost's Robes and Chain of Office. There is a changing exhibition programme in the Courtyard Gallery. The museum is located in the centre of Coldstream in the Market Square on the site of General Monck's headquarters before he marched on London in 1660 to restore the Stuart Monarchy.

26th March - 30th September Monday-Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm and Sunday 2.00pm-4.00pm; 1st - 31st October Monday to Saturday 1:00pm to 4:00 pm and closed Sundays

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Halliwell's House Museum


The Museum is situated in the very atmospheric Halliwell's Close. The narrow, cobbled lane with outhouses, which was formerly gas-lit and was typical of many such Closes in Selkirk, has a compelling history dating back over 400 years.


Opening Times Friday 29 March-Wednesday 31 October Monday-Saturday 11.00am-4.00pm and Sunday 12.00pm-3.00pm

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Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum


Jedburgh Castle Jail gives visitors a taste of what life was like in an 1820s prison, whilst also telling the story of the Royal Burgh of Jedburgh. The main building of Jedburgh Castle Jail is home to the museum collection of the town of Jedburgh, focusing on traditions, industries and important individuals of this historic Scottish town, with historical artefacts, prints and paintings and a temporary exhibition space. The castle jail is also considered to be quite haunted with several stories of ghostly encounters.


Opening times 1 April - 3 November Monday to Saturday 10.00am-4.30pm and Sunday 1.00pm-4.00pm

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Mary, Queen of Scots' Visitor Centre


Mary, Queen of Scots Visitor Centre, a late 16th century tower house in the centre of historic Jedburgh, reflects the proud association of the town with Queen Mary, who stayed here in 1566.

Visitors to the centre have reported strange feelings, sounds and smells. The building was the house where Mary Queen of Scots almost died. It is home to her death mask. The stone mansion is almost 500 years old and is said to have spooked visitors on a number of occasions.

Opening times March-November- Monday-Saturday 10.00am-4.30pm and Sunday 11.00am-4.30pm

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