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Berwick is the definitive Border town and the focus of many centuries of warfare between England and Scotland, changing hands between the two countries at least 13 times in 300 years.

You will never be short of stunning sights and unforgettable days out when you visit the attractions in Berwick-upon-Tweed. We have a rich and proud history that should be celebrated and never forgotten. The Elizabethan Walls stand as monument of the importance of Berwick as a Border town defending England from the Scots. They were built in 1558 and are now the most complete bastioned town defences in Northern Europe.

With guided tours (Easter-Oct) or self-guided trails, available from Berwick Tourist Information Centre, no visit is complete without a stroll around these magnificent fortifications, with stunning views of the coast and River Tweed, including three imposing bridges. The most impressive being the Royal Border Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson and finished in 1850, which is today illuminated by a multitude of changing coloured lights in the evenings.

The eighteenth century army Barracks were the first in Britain to be purpose-built and are now open to visitors as a complex of museums (Easter-Sept). Opposite the Barracks stands the unique Cromwellian Church, where visitors are welcomed throughout the year. The Town Hall Museum and Cell Block allows you a glimpse into Berwick’s darker past, with access to the ‘drunk’s cell’ and ‘condemned cell’ (Easter-Oct).

To find out more about Berwick's food heritage, please visit the Mouth of the Tweed website, for trails, boat trips, places to eat and more.

Berwick was a fortress town for many centuries, England’s first infantry barracks was opened here in 1721, and are the historic home of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Its military associations are commemorated yearly with the Armed Forces Day Drumhead Service & Parade and Minden Day Parade.

 

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Berwick-upon-Tweed Tourist Information Centre

Walkergate
(upstairs in the library)
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1DB

+44 01670 622155

Scene inside Regimental Museum Kings Own Scottish Borderers
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The King's Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum with uniforms, medals, silver and weapons telling the story of the regiment from 1689 until the present day.

Main Guard Museum
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Main Guard is a Georgian Guard House near the quay; it displays ‘The Story of a Border Garrison Town’ exhibition and is supported by Berwick Civic Society.

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Arts & Crafts Shop
Berwick-upon-Tweed

New gallery by the docks in Tweedmouth on the south bank of the River Tweed

 

paintings :: prints :: cards :: inspiration 

Parish Church Choir
Church
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Visit this beautiful and rare Civil War Church. Opened in 1652 - it is the only parish church built under Cromwell. The church contains one of the earliest installations by Lutyens, a John Knox Renaissance pulpit, and panels from the 13thC Castle.

Outside Union Chain Bridge
Historic sites
The Union Chain Bridge spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Borders, Scotland.
Barracks Entrance
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick Barracks, among the first in England to be purpose-built, were begun in 1717 to the design of the distinguished architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Today the Barracks houses three museums.

Watchtower Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Watchtower gallery houses the work of Ian Stephenson, along with paintings from Kate and Ian's private collection, and an exhibition space for other artists.

Please note, the Watchtower is closing to the public from 6th Nov 2017, it will re-open with a major show of the work of Ian Stephenson in due course.

Town Hall Darren Chapman
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

A Town Hall has stood on this site since at least the 16th century. Begun in 1750, this building stands majestically at the south end of Marygate.

Elizabethan Fortifications
Historic sites
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick's town walls are its most famous piece of architecture and still stand strong today, hundreds of years after they were built by Queen Elizabeth to keep out the invading Scots.

Welcome to Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Nature and Wildlife
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Showroom detailing beekeeping, the history and biology of honeybees, wasps and bumble bees. An observation hive, a range of honey based products, vintage vehicles and a cafe.
Inside the Art Centre
Museums and galleries
Scremerston

A creative experience with a range of crafts - something for all ages. A cafe and restaurant with home baking and a country shop. Outdoor play park and fishing available.

Historic sites
Berwick-upon-Tweed

If you are interested in genealogy or tracing your family history in Berwick-upon-Tweed, your main point of contact should be Berwick Record Office.

Paxton Exterior
Historic sites
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Paxton House is more than just a fantastic 18th Century Adam Country House. Enjoy the finest of 5 star destinations with stunning, antique furniture, picture Gallery, Restaurant and Gift shop facilities, families welcome!

Outside Gymnasium Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

Contemporary art gallery with a programme of events by Berwick Visual Arts.

Check out our What's On Section for exhibition details.

Granary Gallery
Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The Granary Gallery is located in the newly restored Granary building, which also houses Berwick YHA and a bistro.

Gallery open Wed-Sun during exhibitions, find out more: www.berwickvisualarts.co.uk 

Museums and galleries
Berwick-upon-Tweed

The museum is housed in the historic Berwick Barracks and contains historical town artefacts and part of Sir William Burrel's art collection.

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