In the 18th and 19th centuries, Coldstream was a popular centre for runaway marriages, much like Gretna Green, as it lay on a major road (now the A697). Notable buildings in the town include the toll house where marriages were conducted, and The Hirsel, which is the family seat of the Earls of Home.
A monument to Charles Marjoribanks, MP for Berwickshire, whose ancestral home was in nearby Lees, stands at the east end of the town, near the Coldstream Bridge.
There are many beautiful walks around the Hirsel the former home of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1963 to 1964.
Each year, during the first week of August, Coldstream hosts a traditional "Civic Week" where it includes historical aspects of the town's history such as the Torchlight procession and ride outs to local vilages and the Flodden Field to commemorate the battle in 1513.
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Birth place of the Coldstream Guards.