Ford & Etal Estates




A short drive from Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Scottish Borders and the holy island of Lindisfarne, this vast rural estate set in magnificent countryside is steeped in history.  Centred round the charming villages of Ford & Etal, the estate is home to a variety of venues which welcome visitors of all ages and interests.  The estate itself is free to visit, with several admission charging attractions which are open seasonally.  Groups can visit for a whole day or stop for an hour or two, depending on their schedule. We are happy to help with itinerary planning.

  • Lady Waterford Hall – this Victorian building was originallyy the village school. Now a museum and gallery it houses an amazing collection of watercolour murals by Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, along with other Victorian artworks and artefacts, and tells the fascinating story of Louisa’s life.
  • Heatherslaw Corn Mill - a restored and fully working 19th century watermill – take a tour with our 21st century miller and learn about food and farming through the ages, see the milling process from grain to flour, take some fresh produce home with you.
  • Hay Farm Heavy Horse & Rare Breeds Centre – meet the Clydesdale horses whose ancestors once worked the land here, along with other rare breed farm animals, vintage farming machinery and memorabilia.
  • Heatherslaw Light Railway - a delightful steam railway journey along the banks of the River Till to Etal Castle.
  • Etal Castle - (English Heritage site) ransacked at the Battle of Flodden, the exhibition here tells of the bloody history of these Borderlands.  Tie this in with a visit to Flodden Battlefield, only a few minutes' drive away.
  • Generous discounts on admission charges for pre-booked groups.
  • Tearooms, coffee shops and the only thatched pub in Northumberland offer refreshments in Heatherslaw, Etal and Ford.  
  • Coach parking is free across the estate.

Access information

 Our access statement can be found here:

Road directions


Ford & Etal Estates are:

  • 30 minutes (12 miles) south-west of Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • 20 minutes (8 miles) north of Wooler
  • 45 min (25 miles) north of Alnwick
  • 1hr 15 min (60 miles) north of Newcastle


From the North by the A1 via the B6354 approx. 12 miles south west of Berwick-upon-Tweed - follow the brown signs from the Berwick-upon-Tweed A1 bypass to Ford & Etal.

From the North by the A697  Follow the brown signs for Ford & Etal approximately 6 miles south of Coldstream.

From the South by the A1 Follow the brown signs from the A1/B6353 Fenwick junction for approximately 9 miles.

From the South by the A697  Follow the brown signs after Milfield, turning off at the B6354.

Public transport

Bus 267 Berwick-upon-Tweed to Wooler, operated by Border Buses.  (No buses on Sundays and Bank Holidays)

Dates & times for Ford & Etal Estates, Cornhill-on-Tweed

From To
Monday23/03/2020Sunday01/11/202010:00 - 16:00

Dates apply to Heatherslaw Corn Mill and Lady Waterford Hall.

For other venues please visit website or contact us.

Restaurant / cafe on site at Ford & Etal Estates Group Attraction Group Travel Restaurant / Cafe on site There are several tearooms and pubs across the estates.
Child / family friendly at Ford & Etal Estates Group Attraction Group Travel Family friendly
Coach parking available at Ford & Etal Estates Group Attraction Group Travel Coach parking available Coach parking is free in all the villages.
 at Ford & Etal Estates Group Attraction Group Travel Ticket booking essential Group travel discount available for pre-booked groups.
Guided Tours at Ford & Etal Estates Group Attraction Group Travel Guided Tours Tours and talks available at some venues;contact us for details.

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