Out & About

Of course you’ll find lots of other interesting things here, beside the Ford Village Shop. Come and spend some time with us browsing, choosing holiday gifts, or relaxing on the terrace with a drink, then discover the rest of the village and the surrounding area. We’ll be delighted to give you advice and directions.

The castle at Ford


The castle of Etal, like that of Ford, was constructed in the 13th century, and is also a Grade I listed building. In ruinous state, the castle is now owned by English Heritage, and can be visited throughout the year. Heatherslaw Light Railway is a narrow gauge line operating from Etal Village to Heatherslaw Mill. Visitors can enjoy a ride in a steam train between March and October each year. There are even train driving courses for steam fanatics!

The village of Ford is located in splendid Northumbrian countryside, just south of the Scottish Border. The village is synonymous with Ford Castle, and its ancient estate. Part of the Ford & Etal Estates, the castle dates back to the late 13th century and is currently leased to Chateau Beaumont as an activity and holiday adventure centre for school children, the castle has magnificent gothic style, and crenelated battlements.

Within Ford there are many beautiful buildings, such as The Lady Waterford Hall, and the Horse Shoe Forge.

Commissioned by the Marchioness of Waterford in 1860, The Lady Waterford Hall contains a stunning example of her pre-Raphaelite paintings depicting biblical scenes, using her children and the local villagers as her models. The Horse Shoe Forge is unique and quite spectacular in having a large carved stone horseshoe as its doorframe. Built in the 19th century and now no longer used as a smithy, the old forge is currently a crafts and antique shop specialising in old chests and furniture restoration. Locals and visitors enjoy the activities in the Lady Joyce Memorial Hall, where there is a gym and a snooker table available.

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Stay in Ford and drink in the history of this model village built by Lady Waterford in memory of her husband. The Hay Farm House bed and breakfast is a charming guesthouse, offering superb service in glorious surroundings. You can also enjoy the warm welcome at the Friendly Hound Cottage Bed and Breakfast, which is in close proximity to the heart of the village.

Enjoy a relaxing tour of the bookshelves in John Marrin Rare Books. This delightful antiquarian bookshop is filled with literary delights, specialising in the subjects of The Great War, the history of the Borders region, fishing and gardening.

Further afield you can stay and dine at The Black Bull in Lowick, The Blue Bell Inn in Cornhill-on-Tweed, or The Red Lion Inn in the village of Milfield.

Some Helpful Links


Getting About

Local Pubs

Ford Country Auctions Border Village Taxi Blue Bell Crookham
Meet the IIAB – John Marrin Glen Valley Tours Red Lion Milfield
Paxton House The Black Bull at Lowick

Local Information

Ford and Etal
Ford Castle
A Church Near You
Flodden 1513
Explore Berwick
North Northumberland Tourism
Visit Northumberland
Lindisfarne Ford & Etal