Berwick, or Berwick-upon-Tweed to give it its full name, sits at the northerly tip of Northumberland (and England). It is a historic fortress town on the River Tweed, on the English side of the border with Scotland. As a town that spent centuries defending England from Scottish incursions, there is plenty of wonderful military architecture for visitors to explore, a legacy to centuries of turmoil dating back to 1482. The Elizabethan walls that surround the city are reckoned to be the most complete bastioned town defences in Europe. The military barracks, still standing as a museum and gallery complex, were the first purpose built barracks in the UK as the home to the Ling’s Own Scottish Borderers. They are open to visitors between April to October. Don’t miss Gymnasium Gallery which stages important exhibitions of contemporary art. Parades, drumhead services and military re-enactments regularly feature in the town’s events calendar. Built in Victorian, and, by then, more peaceful times, Robert Stephenson’s stunning Royal Border Bridge, is believed to be one of the finest bridges of its kind in the world.
There are plenty of other sights and experiences to be enjoyed when holidaying in rental accommodation in and around Berwick. This is an area that will appear to walkers, cyclists, horse riders and gardeners, the latter group having a choice of some wonderful gardens to visit such as Howick Gardens and Aboretum, one of the Top 5 Coastal Gardens in the UK.
Beyond Berwick itself, there is much to explore. It’s a relatively short drive to the city of Edinburgh – well within day trip range either by car or train. Closer to Berwick, spend the day walking along Hadrian’s Wall, possibly the largest man made building project in the UK.
For those preferring a little more adventure, take to the trees at the first Go-Ape ropes course ever built in Matfen or try your hand at kite surfing.
Berwick ’is popular for weekend breaks, although, be warned, the beauty of the landscape and choice of things to do and places to visit, means you may find yourself returning for a longer holiday in one of Berwick’s holiday cottages.