Many independent, locally owned boutiques in Berwick are just ‘not on the high street’ in any other area of the UK, all selling one-of-a-kind items that make Berwick shopping that extra bit special. And what shopping trip would be complete without stopping in one of the local cafés for a delicious slice of cake, coffee, or even an afternoon tea?

The twice-weekly street market is held on Marygate (Wednesday and Saturday,) the main street through town, with the imposing Town Hall standing at its centre. There are also specialist markets held throughout the year; the historic Mayfair market which features the mayor leading the civic party on a procession around the market and the Dickensian market at Christmas organised by the Berwick Rotary Club. See the What’s on section for specific dates.

For local retailers head to:

Castlegate– On either side of the road leading to Berwick Train Station, there is a myriad of traders, including antique and charity shops, pubs, and Berridyn Books, a great location for second-hand books and small gifts.

Bridge Street– which is full of independent businesses, with art galleries, music, and antique shops as well as places to eat, the Granary YHA, The Barrels Alehouse well-known for its lively music scene, and The Curfew Micropub.

West Street– a cobbled hill running down to the Old Bridge, also has local shops with gifts, clothing, Flinders Wine Bar, and Repas 7, which hosts live music and open mics.

Hide Hill is a surprisingly wide and open street that lies parallel to West Street and is home to the town’s banks, pubs, hotels, a wine bar, and many boutique shops. The bottom of Hide Hill leads you through one of the town gateways and onto the Quayside. Other shopping streets in town include Woolmarket which has an eclectic range of local shops, including antiques, retro items and cafes.

Carry on over the Old Bridge toward Tweedmouth where you will find Bud’s Florists, Dockside Gallery, their exhibitions are everchanging, much like the daily working harbour they’re situated next to. You can carry on towards Spittal for Meantime Workshops, which hosts Bear Claw Brewery, Karmic Cakery, Foodful, and Condottieri Glass

The Retail Park in Tweedmouth, on the south of the river, has a handful of larger stores and both sides of the river are well-served with supermarkets.

Open all year: Note to check our website or Berwick shop’s social media pages for their independent opening hours. Supermarkets close at 4:00 pm on Sundays.