Jedburgh is a small market town in the Scottish Borders. It lies just shy of 50 miles south of Edinburgh and only 10 miles north of the English border. I've been lucky enough to visit on numerous occasions for work and always enjoy my time there. It's steeped in history and has a host of great attractions to suit to a wide range of ages and interests.
|Jedburgh Castle and Jail|
The building itself is really impressive and you can venture outside and have a look at the towers and stonework. The grounds at the front are also very pretty and the site sits atop the hill, overlooking the town. Admission is free, but there is a 50p charge for the optional audio guide. There's also an activity area and guide for children.
Mary Queen of Scots House Visitor Centre:
Located on Queen Street MQoS House is a visitor centre, dedicated to the woman herself, who stayed in the property in 1566. It's got a huge range of objects and artefacts, with a copy of her last letter being, for me, the real star of the show. It's difficult to believe she was quite so tragic, but that's certainly the story. It's not depressing, though, just in case you're wondering: just factual. Aside the stories in the house, the building itself is fantastic. It also has impressive grounds and garden at the back, which are also free of charge to roam around.
Seasonal opening times apply and general admission is free, with a 50p charge for the audio guide or printed sheets (which are available in numerous languages).
Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre:
Technically, this is located outside Jedburgh, in nearby Ancrum. BUT, it's REALLY close and I'm including it, so there. Harestanes is great for kids, with lots of open space, countryside walks, and a very popular play park. It has a lovely visitor centre, with a full programme of events for 2015. Any time I've popped in for coffee, there's always been an excellent exhibition in the gallery. The cafe comes with a large outside courtyard and I've regularly seen visitors bringing their own picnics, so it's not one of those 'you can only eat what you buy on site' kinda places. This is always a purse pleaser; particularly if you have kids to feed and want to spend some family time out without having to remortgage your house. There is also a range of craft businesses on site (these are independently run) and showcase some quality furniture and other goods. Obviously, park admission is free, as is entry to the rolling programme of exhibitions. This ensures there's always something fresh to see when you go. It's a beautiful park, so just pray for some sun and you're good to go.
|MQoS Visitor Centre Gardens|
|MQoS Visitor Centre|