Learn about one of the oldest domestic water supply systems in Scotland.
Our newly restored waterwheel tells the fascinating story of how spring water used to be pumped up to the house before mains water was invented.

A new attraction for 2018!

Paxton House Waterwheel



Following ten years of research, funding applications and restoration work, the Paxton House Waterwheel is opening to the general public through the 2018 season. Open to the public from the 29th April – Tours and times to follow.

  • Learn about one of the oldest domestic water supply systems in Scotland dating back to Georgian times.
  • The story of the development of the waterwheel is fascinating modern history for people of all ages to enjoy.
  • The waterwheel site showcases different methods to pump spring water upwards over 20 metres to the main buildings of Paxton House, including the horse drawn gin, hydram pump and electric pumps.
  • Learn how the waterwheel works and see it running on one of our guided tours.
  • Visit the ‘Waterwheel Wall’ inside the house for a more in-depth education on how the site has been renovated.

Tour times and prices are still being finalised but will be uploaded here when the waterwheel is being opened to the public.

Take a look at some of the photos from the large reconstruction of the Waterwheel site. The reconstruction was only possible due to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, BCCF Environmental (Scottish Borders Council) and Fallago Environmental Fund.