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Celebrating 200 years of the Union Chain Bridge and how to spend a day in the area.

Union Chain Bridge turns 200 today! Making it the oldest traffic carrying chain bridge in the world, how cool is that? The bridge links Scotland to England and crosses over the River Tweed.

We lived not even 10 minutes away from this spectacular bridge for over 3 years and we explored the local area a lot. We decided to pop together a post about the things you could do to make a full day of exploring the Chain Bridge and the area around. (It really is lovely)

Chain Bridge Honey Farm - Visitors centre, Beekeeping Museum, Cafe bus and a vintage vehicle collection to have a nose at. Elliot loves the honey farm and learning all about bees.

Please note the visitors centre, cafe and toilets are currently closed due to Covid - 19

Take a walk by the river - Hidden down by the side of the chain bridge is a lovely walk along the river, which leads into the woodlands at Paxton House. You might get lucky and spot Kingfishers and various other bird species. We loved walking along here, it's very peaceful.

Please note it is muddy, very narrow and not suitable for wheelchairs. The woodlands has uneven surfaces.

Paxton House - Tours take you around the stunning Paxton House, which is home to an impressive collection of Chippendale furniture, take a walk through the grounds and admire the scenery and combine with a boat trip for a wonderful day out.

Please note the Grounds will re open 29th July everything else remains closed until further notice.

Norham Castle - This was one of our go to places, the castle is fantastic, it is an English Heritage property but it is free to enter. If you go through a gate just before the castle you will find a lovely river walk. Conkers are epic here! There are no facilities but toilets are located in the Village for public use and you can find food either at the Butchers, Bakers or pub.

Please note not wheelchair friendly and parts can be uneven and rocky.

The Hirsel - Our local park when we lived in Scotland, it is so beautiful here. Few different paths to walk including an lovely woodland walk. It is cycle friendly as long as you are aware of other people around you. Look out for the huge pine cones! Also a square with Toilets, cafe and various shops such as pottery, art gallery, craft shop. You can also find a playpark and a mini museum. If you take some seed you could feed the many ducks and swans here and you can also enjoy the bird hide.

Please not the woodland walks can be a bit uneven and muddy at times.

Berwick Barracks and Main Guard - English Heritage, charges apply (free for members) This is a great attraction to wander around it is packed with some fab displays. You can also find the Berwick Museum and Art Gallery here too which has a mini street set up inside (the boys love it) and a giant dragon upstairs!

Please note there are lots of stairs to go up and down. Toilets outside and food can be found in Berwick town centre

How to find The Union Chain Bridge

Sat Nav - TD15 1XQ

Located on the River Tweed In Between Horncliffe and Fishwick

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