2 go staycation
Berwick-upon-Tweed sits at the most northerly tip of Northumberland, just 3 miles from the Scottish Border. A coastal town with sandy beaches and beautiful riverside walks, Berwick is perfectly situated for a relaxing break and a haven for walkers and cyclists.
This peaceful town is a far cry from Berwick’s turbulent past; captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482, Berwick’s great Elizabethan walls were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town. Walk the complete circuit, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed estuary of Berwick’s three bridges, including the iconic Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stevenson and one of the finest bridges of its kind in the world.
Explore Berwick’s history by visiting museums in Berwick Barracks and The Main Guard. Take a tour of the town’s old courtroom, jail lockups and notorious ‘drunk’s cell’ in the upper floors of Berwick Town Hall.
Families can also enjoy beaches, a splash-park, soft play, creative pottery centre and the swimming pool and leisure centre as well as kids holiday activities in Berwick Museum & Art gallery and Berwick Parks.
Be Inspired by exhibitions in the town’s fantastic galleries; The Granary Gallery, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery and buy local art in Dockside Gallery, Bridge Street Gallery and Foldyard Gallery (opening dates and times vary).
Artist L.S. Lowry was a regular visitor to Berwick and today you can walk in his footsteps on The Lowry Trail. Worldwide bestselling novelist Rachel Joyce captures the imagination in her book, ‘The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy’ set in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Berwick has annual Film, literary, Seaside, Food & Beer Festivals… to mention but a few, and The Maltings Theatre & Cinema has an excellent and varied programme of entertainment through the year.
Berwick’s close ties with Scotland remain today with Berwick’s football team being the only side in England to play in the Scottish league, as seen on Robson Green’s Tales from Northumberland.
With its own East Coast Mainline railway station as well as being handily close to the A1, Berwick is an easy-to-reach destination.