If Berwick was a person, you’d say they’ve had a chance to see everything. The town’s been around for 900 years, and has had its fair share of wars, invasions, treaties and hard times. It’s also had more than its fair share of good times, and has the historic buildings and places to show for it. From the moment when the medieval Hanseatic League established a trading post in Berwick, visitors were part of its business.
Covid-19 is just another event in Berwick’s rich history.
A challenging event, of course, but we like to think we do challenges quite well in Berwick. When you’ve changed hands between countries quite a few times, you get accustomed, as a place, to being independent minded, and capable of finding your own solutions.
As part fo welcoming you back to Berwick, we want to help you know before you come to us what’s on offer. We want to explain to you how to be safe in Berwick, and how to have a good time in Berwick.
We can listen and adapt, and change as circumstances change. We’ve proved that over the last 900 years. Over the next few days we’ll be telling you about the things we’re doing to build on the long standing relationships that so many of our friends have with us as a town. All of our major car parks are open, our public toilets are re-opening with additional precautions in place, and our shops and businesses are ready and waiting. Keep checking back here and we’ll keep you updates so you know before you set out what to expect from us.
Before you visit
If you are planning on visiting, please take a few minutes to read through the information below.
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted we urge our visitors to plan ahead, take extra care and respect our community.
Many of our outdoor facilities and attractions are open for you to enjoy. The Government has asked us all to stay alert and maintain social distancing in order to control the virus and help save lives.
Berwick upon Tweed welcomes the return the responsible visitors. The latest advice on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others from coronavirus is available here.
In order to Stay Safe please:
- Read and follow advisory signage and guidance
- Take hygiene precautions when you are outside
- Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
- Keep at least 2m – from 4th July 1m with risk mitigation (where 2 meters is not available) – apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble
- Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no hand washing facilities.
Car Parks and public toilets:
Visitor Car Parks are open in Berwick upon Tweed, details and locations are available here.
Open Public Toilets, including disabled access and baby changing facilities, are listed here.
Attractions and Things to do:
The following visitor attractions are open, before visiting please check their websites/social media for any restrictions.
Berwick upon Tweed Castle and Ramparts
Berwick’s Elizabethan Walls
The Lowry Trail
Tweed & Coast Environmental Trail
Parks and Gardens: Castle Vale Park, Coronation Park, Flagstaff Park
Beaches: Spittal, Cocklawburn
Cycle Tour of Berwick-upon-Tweed: Berwick Cycle Shop
Children’s play parks are now reopened, including Spittal Park and Flagstaff Park
Food and Drink
Here is a list of the independent cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs and takeaways who have either stayed open during the lockdown to keep Berwick-upon-Tweed fed and watered, are reopening on 4th July or are reopening very soon. It is not an exhaustive list, but we’ve included all those that we know of at the moment. Opening times vary & booking is essential at many so give them a ring or check their Facebook page if you don’t want to be disappointed. Many businesses are continuing with takeaway or delivery options too, so keep an eye out for those as seating capacity is limited due to the current government operating guidelines for food & beverage businesses. See the list here.