Berwick-Upon-Tweed Travel Guide
Houses along the quayside
Houses along the quayside
Ramparts, estuary and bridge
Cannon over the estuary
Stunnind medieval ramparts, historic buildings, river tweed, historic bridges
Can be grey and grim if the weather isn't kind.
In a nutshell
Great place for a week end break and to explore Northumberland
Berwick walls were once part of a defence project commissioned for Queen Elizabeth I. The purpose of the walls was to keep the town safe from the Scots and French. The Scots and English fought many times, approximately 14 times, over the town.It's great to walk on the walls...
Spittal is a lovely seaside resort near Berwick Upon Tweed and was voted as one of the best beaches in Northumberland. It's a popular spot in summer by visitors and also by L.S. Lowry who spent his holidays in Berwick.I visited Spittal whilst doing the Lowry Trail and noted...
Royal Border BridgeThe Royal Border Bridge was designed by engineers, Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), Thomas Elliott Harrison (1808-1888) and George Barclay Bone (1821-1906). The bridge was completed in 1850. The bridge has 28 arches spanning over 695 metres. It cost 253, 000...
Lowry Links in Berwick
The painter, L S Lowry (1887-1976), used to visit Berwick Upon Tweed for his Summer Holidays until the year of his death in 1976. To him visiting Berwick and seeing the sea was a escape from industrialised Salford and Manchester! He did a lot of paintings and drawings in...
I visited Tweedmouth when I did the Lowry Trail and which is part of Berwick Upon Tweed. As well as a village there is a Berwick Harbour and also noted the sites where Lowry painted.There are great views of the river, the sea and Berwick Town Centre from Tweedmouth and the...
Berwick Town Hall
The town hall, know as the Guidhall then, was designed and built in the 1750s in a classical design by the Guild of Berwick. The spire's bells rung for the local church service as well as the town's curfew. The town's prison was part of the building and prisoners used to...
Out and About in Berwick
In picture 1 I saw the Berwick-Upon-Tweed Barracks & Main Guards. The attraction is only opened seasonally from Easter to the end of September. It was closed when I visited Berwick at the beginning of October 2012. Please click onto the link for further information about the...
Caffe Nero: Perfect Place for a Coffee Stop
I regularly visited this branch during my stay in Berwick and ordered their hot chocolate and Americanos.
I enjoyed their Americanos and you get a free drink after so many visits on a production of a loyalty card. You pay an average of 2.00 gbp-3.00 gbp per drink depending...
Greggs: Having A Bite to Eat!
This family owned bakery has become a nationwide chain bakery since it's humble beginnings in the 1930s. Greggs offer a variety of baked goods including bread, rolls, buns and cakes which are baked on the premises. As well as baked goods, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks...
Cashmere: Bigger than Bedsox
Bigger than Bedrocks with two floors and better lightshows, free entry on saturday and friday nights before 11pm. The nightclub also uses a state-of-the-art air conditioning system that completely changes the club air 16 times an hour. What's more, it keeps the place nice...
Bedrocks: Not much in the way of night life.
Bedrocks is the only nightclub in the town and it probably caters for the under 25's
Slightly like Newcastle, girls go out in short skirts, flimsy tops and the boys in short sleeved shirts in the middle of winter. Not forgetting NO COATS !
Travelling By Train
I stopped in Berwick for a couple of days on my way home from Edinburgh. I travelled from Edinburgh to Berwick with Cross Country Trains and the journey took me 50 minutes. An advance single cost me 4.50 gbp (October 2012).
On my way home I decided to travel first class with East Coast from Berwick to Leeds. My train to York took me just under two hours. I had to change trains in York and the journey from there to Leeds took me 20 minutes. An advance 1st class single cost me 23.55 gbp (October 2012). Please see my travelogue about my journey home.
Updated Oct 13, 2012
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Erm.....: Not much on offer
To be honest, this tip is just saying Berwick is certainly not a shopping Mecca. Berwick just has regular high street chain shops and just a couple of independant local shops selling local produce. There are a couple of shops worth dropping into, but I wouldn't recommend Berwick as somewhere to come specifically for shopping.
What to buy: Haggis is always a suggestion... there's a Fish & Chip shop in town that does it deep fried, lovely!
What to pay: Regular prices, cheaper than Edinburgh though, the nearest major shopping location.
Written Jan 8, 2003
Berwick At war!!!!
There is a rumour that goes about the place about Berwick, that somehow or other the town, just the town, is at war with Russia!! Yes, Russia, the biggest country in the world, huge nuclear arsenal, army approx 100 times bigger than berwick's entire population. Utterly...
In Berwick (pronounced Berik, not Bur-wik) you'll encounter 2 of the greatest indeciferable accents in the english accent, Scottish, and Geordie. If you're in a shop, in a pub or anywhere, and someone turns, says what seems a slow, well considered sentence.... and you don't...
Do we speak the same language!
It can take some getting used to the Berwick dialect. The following are words you may hear and their meaning. Not sure if the spelling is correct though.Ladged = embarrassedBari= good, niceRadged= angry Do ya ken=do you knowAye=yesMuckle= big
Rangers Vs. Celtic
OK first off, this isn't as big a problem as maybe being Jewish in Baghdad, or dealing drugs in Thailand, but it's something you should at least be aware of. Berwick is in England, but it's population has a majority of Scots. Should you have the fortune/misfortune to arrive...
The Berwick Stocks
I struggled to find information about the stocks in Berwick. I would imagine the stocks were used during Medieval and Renaissance times to publically punish and immobilise victims where there was an opportunity for passers-by to mock and ridicule and also throw things at...
Berwick Rangers Football (Soccer) Team
If it's your kind of thing, Berwick has a local football team called Berwick Rangers. They play in the Scottish 2nd Division and are currently 2nd in the league, (that's a promotion spot!!!) and 24th nationally if you want some perspective. It's about £10 to get in which is a scadal, cause I'll be honest this isn't world class football. In fact Scotland only has 2 genuinly major (i.e European Class) sides, Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers! But this is a proper league side non-the-less and if you brave the weather, you can join another 450 or so fans every other Saturday (when they're playing at home) and cheer them on.
Equipment: Best idea is to bring something warm, unless it's summer. If you've got a football strip, bring that!! (although if you're a novice on who's who in scottish football check with someone who knows first. Turn up in Rangers or Celtic top and immidiately you've signed yourself up as an ally of half the fans and a mortal enemy of the other half). Otherwise, bring yourself, a loud voice, and a tiny bit of football knowledge so you're not totally bored.
Written Jan 8, 2003
Address: Just out of town near the Commercial park.
Your First Point of Contact!
Favorite thing: Before I had begun exploring the town I popped into the Tourist Information Centre on Marygate. The friendly staff gave me a town map and gave me recommendations what I should do during my short stay. The helpful tourist information office can provide a variety of services from booking accommodation to assist with planning itineraries.
Berwick Upon Tweed Tourist Information
Tel No. 01670 622155
Some useful Websites:
Berwick Upon Tweed Town Council's Visitor Information
Updated Mar 23, 2013
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