Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks



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Designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, and begun in 1717, Berwick Barracks were among the first in England to be purpose-built. The Barracks hosts an exhibition on the life of the British infantryman, the King's Own Scottish Borderers Museum, the Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery and the Berwick Borough Museum. There is also a Georgian Guard House near the quay. It displays 'The Story of a Border Garrison Town' exhibition.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks
Phone : 01289 304493


  • Parking nearby
  • Access restricted for wheelchair users on upper levels of museum due to steps and stairs
  • Facilities: Induction loop, handrails
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Barracks open from 30 Mar onwards (see website for opening times); Oct, Wed-Sun 10-4 (last admission 30 minutes before close). Closed 1 Nov-29 Mar, 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan. Please call site for details of Main Guard

About the area

Discover Northumberland

If it’s history you’re after, there’s heaps of it in Northumberland. On Hadrian’s Wall you can imagine scarlet-cloaked Roman legionaries keeping watch for painted Pictish warriors while cursing the English weather and dreaming of home. Desolate battlefield sites and hulking fortresses such as Alnwick, Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Warkworth are reminders that this, until not so very long ago, was a contested border region. The ruins of Lindisfarne bear witness to the region’s early Christian history.

Northumberland also has some of Britain’s best beaches. On summer days, and even in winter, you’ll see surfers and other brave souls making the most of the coast. Inland, there are some great walks and bike rides in the dales of the Cheviot Hills and the Simonsides – just hilly enough to be interesting, without being brutally steep. There's dramatic scenery in the High Pennines, where waterfalls plunge into deep valleys, and there are swathes of heather-scented moorland. Northumberland National Park covers over 400 square miles of moorland and valleys with clear streams and pretty, stone-built villages. It’s just the place for wildlife watching too. You’ll find flocks of puffins, guillemots and other seabirds around the Farne Islands, and seals and dolphins offshore.

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