Coldstream is located on the north of the River Tweed, on the stretch of the river that forms the border between Scotland and England. The town is at the lowest point where the river can be forded, and in the past English and Scottish armies forded there during many invasions and battles. Coldstream got its name from the temperature of the river.
The Coldstream Bridge
, with construction lasting from 1763 to 1767. was a seven-arched wonder. Work was done in the 1960s to widen the road and strengthen the bridge.
The Coldstream Museum
follows the history of the Coldstream Guards, which is still one of the British Army's senior regiments. The museum is in what was originally used as the Guards headquarters in the 1660s and has displays, work shops and exhibitions.
Lakeside walks in the woodlands of the Hirsel Country Park
are popular and filled with swans, geese, ducks, and other wildlife. There is also a tea room, a gift shop and a museum as well as craftsmen making ceramics, pottery, glassware and handwoven textiles.
Just one mile away from Coldstream, you can take the Heatherslaw Light Railway's
'Lady Augusta' steam engine to Etal Castle. The castle was built in the 14th century as a defence against attacks, and now exhibitions tell the story of the residents and the site.