Berwick upon Tweed
Slightly further away, but worth a day trip at least, is Berwick upon Tweed.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is England’s most northerly town, sitting midway between Edinburgh and Newcastle at the mouth of the River Tweed. This Elizabethan walled town with a thrilling military history, on an estuary with golden beaches and a rich variety of birds and wildlife; is a perfect mix for a rewarding visit.
The definitive border town, Berwick has perfectly preserved Elizabethan fortifications and the first purpose-built army Barracks in Britain. With bastions, buttresses and even a Russian canon, the dramatic history of Berwick comes alive as you walk these imposing walls.
Built between and around these iconic historic sites are Georgian buildings, linked by cobbled lanes and narrow archways. This is a town packed with interest and tradition, and even boasts a building which leans more than the Tower of Pisa – a restored Granary, now a youth hostel, art gallery and bistro!
The riverside walks allow you to watch hundreds of mute swans, the second largest colony in Britain, along with seals and otters. We also have a broad sandy beach to explore, in Spittal, with a promenade, play park and splash-park where the kids can burn off some energy.
Art galleries, museums, wildlife, architecture, history, real ale, geology, family fun, walking, cycling, festivals and events... whatever your interests, you’ll find plenty on offer in Berwick-upon-Tweed.