Explore Berwick

Explore Berwick-upon-
Tweed

Welcome to explore Berwick. Visit our extraordinary market town; once one of the most prosperous merchant towns in Britain, learn more about the history with a stroll through the streets. Come and discover why Berwick is one of the best British holiday destinations.

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Residents' Festival

Also known as: Attractions, Castles, English Heritage, Festival, National Trust, Resident.

Over the festival weekend, Northumberland residents enjoyed free or discounted entry to many of ...

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Published on: 29-03-2014

Sportsman's Lunch!

Sunday 30th March 2014. 12:30 Start Time, Tickets £30. Guest Speakers: Eric Davidson & John Gahagan. Dresscode: Smart/Casual. Contact Callum: 07557335976 or Conrad: 07790676185.

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Published on: 30-03-2014

Santa Specials 2013

Come and visit Santa at Heatherslaw Light Railway. Passengers are invited to travel to Etal Station and back on our Christmas decorated train. The train will be hauled by one of our steam locomotive...

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Published on: 30-11--0001

October Fun!

October is here and we're getting excited for the fun activities we have lined up this month! Will you brave the bat walk?








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Published on: 01-10-2013

Explore Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick is a traditional market town that sits at the most North East tip of England. The eventful and fascinating history of Berwick is completely unique as it has changed hands between Scotland and England more than a dozen times. Steeped in history, this town has plenty of captivating stories.

Heritage and arts

The Elizabethan town is evidence of the struggle between the Scots and the English as each tried to gain hold over the town. It was captured over 13 times before finally falling into the hands of the English. Explore the town walls, built in the 16th century to keep the invading Scottish armies out of the town, the most expensive construction project in Europe at this time. The walls are the still the best preserved town defenses in Britain and are definitely worth a look.

The rich history of Berwick upon Tweed can be seen throughout the town. Explore the turbulent times that pushed Berwick into becoming one of the most well protected towns in Britain. Take a look through the old jail bars and cells which still occupy the Georgian Guildhall. From the earliest of days, Berwick upon Tweed has been as important military town, housing soldiers of the garrison in the first purpose built infantry barracks in England from 1721. The Berwick upon Tweed Barracks now houses the ‘By Beat of Drum’ exhibition which gives visitors an insight into the life of the British infantryman from the Civil War to the First World War.

Places to Eat, Places to Drink

Explore the fine selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants in Berwick upon Tweed and surrounding areas. The town has some fantastic places to eat, showcasing flavours from England and Scotland, and across the globe. Savour the flavours of the North East and enjoy a tipple in the local pubs. Sampling the food and drink of the area is a great way to experience the local traditions and culture. Enjoy a traditional fish supper from one of the many award winning fish and chip shops or sit in and try some of the delicious dishes that use local ingredients.

The pubs in Berwick are full of character and offer a hearty welcome; whether you want somewhere quiet after a hectic day, a place that’s family friendly or a lively atmosphere with live music. There are local brews too from north and south of the Border.

Berwick hosts an annual Food Festival with a Beer Festival running alongside, where visitors and locals can explore the best there is to eat and drink from the region.

Easy to get to, easy to get around

Located just off the A1, Berwick upon Tweed is easy to get to and the east coast mainline makes it easy to get to by road or rail. Situated midway between Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne there is a choice of flights to both airports. Once you are here, there are frequent buses round the town and plenty of local taxis. Explore North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders from Berwick on quiet country roads, Berwick is an ideal base for exploring.

Places to Stay in Berwick

Berwick is packed full of accommodation options that will suit everyone’s needs. There is a huge choice in the town, Tweedmouth and Spittal, from small boutique bed and breakfasts and guest houses, to comfortable hotels to country self-catering cottages. Explore Berwick upon Tweed and book yourself into one of the many accommodation types available. Explore our pages for the perfect place to stay.

Local Shops, Local Businesses

For a fantastic shopping experience make sure you take full advantage of the small boutiques and luxury gift shops offering great souvenirs for friends and family at home. Explore the more individual stores along some of the smaller streets and lanes around the town; including craft shops, art galleries, delicatessens and so much more. Alongside the familiar high street names are some great places to pick up gifts and a new stylish addition to the wardrobe.

Things to do

Get out and about and visit some of the tourist attractions. Explore Berwick Barracks and walk through the purpose built museum taking you back in time through the sights and sounds of old Berwick upon Tweed. Join the kids on the beach for an ice cream or take in a show at the Maltings Art Centre. The outdoor life is a really good way to appreciate the beautiful countryside of Northumberland; look out for the famous herd of swans in Berwick or enjoy a cast in the River Tweed.

Kids

For a fun day out with the kids go crazy with wave machines and inflatables at the pool or feed some friendly farm animals at the nearby open farm. Whether kids are building sandcastles on the beach or watching the busy worker bees build their hive at the local honey farm; a trip to Berwick upon Tweed is never boring. The list of things to do for kids is endless.