Paxton House, Gallery & Country Park
Built between 1758 and 1763 by architect John Adam and his brother James for Patrick Home, Paxton House is a fine example of neo-Palladian architecture. The house has one of the most important Chippendale furniture collections in Britain, as well as pieces by Trotter. It is also set in 80 acres of gardens and grounds beside the River Tweed. The grounds include a putting green and adventure playground and boat tours on River Tweed.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- No lift to upper floor of house, some paths in grounds too steep for wheelchairs
- Facilities: Lifts to main areas of house, parking close to reception
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: House & Gallery open Mar-Nov, daily 10-5. Grounds 10-sunset. Please check website for winter opening hours
Also in the area
About the area
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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