Paxton House Gardens

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

The Paxton Trust
Paxton House
TD15 1SZ

In the Scottish Borders, a few miles south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

80 acres

01289 386291

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Opening Hours

10am–5pm, 29 Mar–3 Nov.


Please see website for admission prices

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Mon, Thu & Sun.


  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The Paxton Trust

The grounds and gardens of Paxton House were originally designed by Robert Robinson around 1756. The Palladian mansion sits in the heart of the estate, surrounded by colourful Edwardian-style herbaceous borders, extensive woodland, and riverside walks along the Tweed, offering views to the world-famous Union Chain Bridge.

Maintained by our expert head of gardens and our dedicated team of volunteers, the gardens feature lovely areas that create interest throughout the year, with beautiful vibrant displays. The informal planting of some gardeners' favourites within our 80 acres creates the ideal space for exploration and relaxation.

The Well Garden is a mass of pink and orange candelabra primulas among ferns, hostas and a splendid Viburnum plicatum. Spring-flowering bulbs give way to an array of hardy perennials and herbaceous borders are particularly stunning throughout June. The variety of mature trees on the estate provides a spectacular show in autumn.

Restored in 2017 and nestled into the dene, our working waterwheel has daily demonstrations and is an extraordinary feat of engineering.

Pick up a cuppa or picnic from our tearoom and enjoy with a view or be inspired by the gardens and find a plant, grown lovingly by our garden team, to take home from our dedicated shop. With seasonal trails, children’s activities, den building and a rustic adventure playground, our gardens are a must-see for all ages, no matter the season.  

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

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