Ford & Etal Estates

“Visitors are spoilt for choice with the numerous eateries and the range of things to do.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland

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Ford & Etal Estates is one of rural Northumberland's best-kept secrets. This green and pleasant land is dotted with castles and battlefields highlighting long centuries of conflict. Here you will find a wealth of fascinating heritage attractions, miles and miles of beautiful countryside to explore and tempting places to eat, drink and shop. Take a ride on a steam train or stroke a heavy horse in a Rare Breed Conservation Centre. Learn how the power of water is harnessed to produce flour in a heritage mill. Discover the Victorian schoolhouse in Ford, its walls covered in huge Pre-Raphaelite paintings, an artistic masterpiece. Explore the remains of a medieval castle at Etal or follow the course of a historic battle at Flodden Field. These attractions can be found in and around the villages of Ford and Etal and the hamlet of Heatherslaw, which lies in between them. Ford & Etal Estates lies in the valley of the River Till close to the Scottish border, just a few miles inland from Berwick-upon-Tweed and a short distance from Holy Island and Bamburgh.

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Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
Ford & Etal Estates
Ford & Etal Visitor Centre, Heatherslaw, NEAR CORNHILL-ON-TWEED, Northumberland, TD12 4TJ


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: See website for full details
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Estate open all year with free access to grounds. Attractions open seasonally – see website for full details.

About the area

Discover Northumberland

If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.

Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.

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