Coldstream forms the natural boundary between Scotland and England. Not far from Coldstream lies Flodden Field, where in 1513, 10 thousand Scots and a generation of Borderers died in battle against an English army. The loss still resonates in Borders' common ridings.
The town is best know as the birthplace of the Coldstream Guards, and was once a rival to Gretna for runaway marriages. The recently refurbished Coldstream Marriage Room, located on the first floor of the Town Hall in the centre of Coldstream, is available for both cival marriage and civil partnership ceremonies.
Running the length of the town, the High Street has a wide array of shops and catering for most of the local needs together with local hotels, pubs and cafes serving local food.