The museums in the Scottish Borders reflect the turbulent history and the changing lifestyle of the peoples of the area. From farming to woollen mills, archeological discoveries to stories of theivery there's plenty to intrigue you across the diverse museums to be found in the Borders.
Jim Clark was the leading motor racing driver of the 1960s, winning the World Championship at Formula One in both 1963 and 1965. He also won the Indianapolis 500 in 1965. The museum in his honour is located in Duns near Berwick, and it contains a display of trophies, photographs and other memorabilia. You can watch the biographical film by Mark Stewart “The Quiet Champion.”
B&Bs near Jim Clark Motorsport Museum - Mill House, near Kelso
Follow the knitwear and Tweed story as the Border Textile Townhouse explains the history of the Borders woollen industries. On display are garments, fabrics, photographs and artwork revealing over 200 years of tradition and innovation in textiles.
St. Ronan's Well is a historic spa and hosts exhibitions telling the story of Innerleithen and St. Ronan's Wells and their links to Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg. The gardens are beautiful and have featured in the Scottish gardening programme – the Beechgrove Garden.
B&Bs near St Ronan's Well - Mill House, near Kelso
Located in the atmospheric Halliwell's Close, the narrow cobbled lane with it's outhouses have a compelling history dating back 400 years. Named after the local wigmaker, Robert Halliwell, who owned the building at the beginning of the 18th century the museum is housed in a row of buildings, probably the oldest row of dwellings in Selkirk.
This is the museum dedicated to the town of Coldstream and also to the famous Coldstream Guards. The Museum is located in the centre of the village on the site of General Monck's headquarters before he marched on London in 1660 to restore the Stuart Monarchy.
B&Bs near Coldstream Museum - Mill House, near Kelso
A taste of what life was like for prisoners in the 1820s in the Burgh of Jedburgh. Walk through the original cell blocks of this Georgian jail – it is the finest remaining Howard reform prison in Scotland. Exhibitions will explain the life stories of some of the prisoners and why they ended up in the Jail