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Holidays in Berwick-Upon-Tweed

England’s most northerly town, rich in history and culture

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Close to the Scottish border, Berwick-upon-Tweed is the most northerly town in England. As well as the opportunity for a quick trip over into the borderlands, there’s plenty to discover in Berwick.

For starters there’s Berwick Castle, the Lowry Trail, the Elizabethan Walls, Berwick Tower and lots of shops. There are three bridges across the River Tweed at Berwick too. Being on the coast there’s also a number of beaches and coastal paths to check out.

Historic nearby Lindisfarne

The Elizabethan Walls were built to fortify Berwick against the Scots in 1552 and they are the most complete example of such defences in northern Europe. You can book walks along the battlements by purchasing tickets from the town tourist information centre.

Berwick’s Town Hall has a murky past as a debtor’s jail. Built in 1750, you can go on an interesting tour of the old town courtroom, the jail and check out 18th century graffiti in the drunk tank.

The famous painter, LS Lowry, he of ‘matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs’ fame, had a strong connection to Berwick, as he holidayed here in the 1930s. There’s a 5-6 mile trail around the area of his favourite haunts that included Tweedmouth and Spittal. The Tate in London showed an exhibition of his life’s works in 2013, and his wonderful townscapes still captivate all who see them. There’s a local book available about his life in Berwick available from the tourist centre, as well as a map of the Lowry Trail. Also, the Northumberland Coast Path runs through Berwick and Tweedmouth on its way south to Holy Island and beyond. So, pull on your walking boots and follow in the master painter Lowry’s footsteps.

“LS Lowry holidayed in and around Berwick-upon-Tweed throughout the 1930s…”

Berwick has many shops to choose from and a few supermarkets to stock up for your holiday. Take your pick from takeaways to pub meals and formal restaurant affairs; Berwick has the exotic Indian and Chinese eateries to try out too.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Berwick-upon-Tweed. Why not visit our collection to feel inspired?

While you’re there

The Elizabethan Walls

Take a walk around the town battlements, the most complete in the UK.

Town Hall Museum and Jail

Go and see some genuine 18th century graffiti in the cell for drunks.

The Lowry Trail

Follow in the footsteps of one of England’s best-loved painters who used to holiday in the area.

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