Rated recommendations for a weekend in England’s northernmost town
Berwick-upon-Tweed is the most northern town in England, located just a couple of miles south of the Scottish border. This fascinating place has a unique history, and its turbulent past gives it a gritty individuality that still characterises the town today.
With its wealth of historic attractions, beautiful coastline and glorious surrounding countryside, Berwick has all the ingredients for a wonderful Weekend Escape. Here are our rated recommendations for things to do and where to eat and stay on your visit.
Things to do in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick is a true border town – its ownership has changed many times over the centuries, and this political shuttlecock has formed the foundations of the town’s rich and fascinating history. A good place to experience this is with a visit to the Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks, which are the UK’s oldest, dating from the early 17th century.
The Barracks host the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Museum and the Berwick Museum & Art Gallery – there’s no better way to discover exactly what life was like in old Berwick than with an afternoon spent here. Berwick Museum’s recreation of the old town gives an unrivalled insight into the characters, nooks and crannies of times gone by. Alongside the exhibits of local history lies something of a surprise – outstanding works of art, including paintings by Degas and Daubigny, medieval carvings and Chinese ceramics.
Among Berwick’s famous landmarks are its bridges. The magnificent Old Bridge remained the only road bridge in the town until the Royal Tweed Bridge was built in 1928. The most spectacular bridge, Robert Stephenson’s Royal Border Bridge, was built for the railway in 1846. The best remaining stretch of Berwick’s famed medieval town walls lies alongside the cliffs between this and Meg’s Mount – a walk along them is a must.
For family-friendly fun, venture just outside the town centre to spend a day at Paxton House, Gallery & Country Park. Not only is the house itself impressive, but its 80 surrounding acres of gardens and grounds boast a putting green, adventure playground and boat tours on the River Tweed.
Recommended things to do in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Places to stay in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Stylish B&Bs, stunning country houses and luxury cottages are among the choices on offer for your Berwick-upon-Tweed Weekend Escape.
Where to eat in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Enjoy AA-Rosette Indian cooking by the Tweed, or venture into the surrounding countryside where you’ll find your pick of historic inns, traditional pubs and warm hospitality.