Gunsgreen House

Historic Buildings & Homes

Gunsgreen House, Gunsgreen Quay, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, TD14 5SD

    This John Adam house was built in 1753 with a plethora of fascinating secrets. Today it is a historic house, visitor attraction, and self-catering accommodation.

    Built by local smuggler and merchant John Nisbet in the 1750s, Gunsgreen House was described in the eighteenth century as a ""splendid palace built by a smuggler"".

    See how Eyemouth was a hotbed of the smuggling trade, with John Nisbet at the centre and explore the vaulted cellars where he kept his goods, both honestly traded and otherwise!

    Uncover the hiding places built into the house, especially the Tea Chute, a unique survivor of the days when tea smuggling could make fortunes. The house also features rooms from the main periods in its history, from John Nisbet to the Rev George Home and Mrs Dougal's Guest House. Admire the beautiful setting overlooking the busy fishing harbour.

    Kids can dress up, do the 'rat trail' and also follow the smuggling trail, smuggling their own counterfeit tea. The visitor attraction is great fun and fascinating for all the family.

    You can stay in Gunsgreen House, with apartments for 11 guests available. Nearby Nisbet's Tower can provide cosy accommodation for two.

    The house also provides a unique wedding and events venue, providing space for your celebration, party or corporate event. There are also ticketed events for the public all year round, please see the website for up to date details.


    4 Visitor Attraction
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 11:00 17:00
    Tuesday 11:00 17:00
    Wednesday 11:00 17:00
    Thursday 11:00 17:00
    Friday 11:00 17:00
    Saturday 11:00 17:00
    Sunday 11:00 17:00

    Opening times 11.00am last entry 4:00pm. Now open 7 days a week.
    We occasionally close the Visitor Attraction for Weddings and Private bookings. If you are planning a visit please check our website or telephone 018907 52062.


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted


    • Coastal Location
    • Sea/Loch View
    • Town Location
    • Waterfront Location

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Accommodation Available
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • In-house Co-ordinator
    • Reception Facilities
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available


    • Public Toilet Facilities For use of visitors only.

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street
    • Free Parking On-Site

    Road Directions

    From A1: turn off at the Eyemouth junction. As you approach Eyemouth, you go round a roundabout near the new High School; a little way further along, a large sign directs you into The Avenue, on the right side - the original approach to the House. Drive along the avenue, and a further sign takes you down in to the car park
    From Coldingham: sweep down the hill towards Eyemouth, keep on Coldingham Road until you cross the bridge high over the Eye Water. Almost immediately you will see the sign on the left - follow as before.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- Walk along Harbour Road away room the sea, until you reach the head of the harbour, then go along the middle pier and across the red bridge. Gunsgreen House is signposted and will always be in sight! It will take you about ten minutes

    Getting there by railway:- Many main line trains - Cross Country and East Coast trains stop at Berwick-Upon-Tweed. From here there are regular buses to Eyemouth, mostly provided by Perrymans, who have a website with timetable information. The bus journey takes about twenty minutes. After you pass the roundabout by the High School make to get off - the bus stop is opposite The Avenue, with its prominent sign to the House. Alternatively you can get a taxi from Berwick.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The nearest Airports are Edinburgh and Newcastle. In both cases you can either hire a car and head for the A1, or make your way to Newcastle Central or Edinburgh Waverley stations to get a train to Berwick.

    Transport within Scotland

    For public transport information to visit here from within Scotland, enter your postcode and visit date below.

    Journey Planner

    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the gift shop
      • the information point
      • the ticket issuing point


    • There is a lift
      • Lift buttons have raised numbers or letters
      • There are verbal announcements for stops at each floor

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance
      • There is a handrail by the ramp


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction
    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • with a ramp

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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