Holidays in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berwick-upon-Tweed is a coastal town just 3 miles from the Anglo-Scottish border - home to no less than four golden beaches and picturesque riverside walks, as well as a variety of unique cultural attractions. Located at Northumberland's most northerly tip, this picture-perfect town is a popular haven for cyclists and walkers - boasting scenic views on top of all the ingredients for a peaceful British break.
Our guide to holidays in Berwick-upon-Tweed includes everything from essential tourist information to insider tips on the best dining and drinking opportunities this Northumberland hotspot has to offer. Whether you're looking for things to do in Berwick or places to stay in the area, you'll find all of the information you need right here.
Things to do in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Elizabethan Walls: Berwick's walls are widely regarded as the town's most iconic piece of architecture, and the well-preserved Elizabethan Walls are a mile and a quarter in length - offering a scenic 45-minute walk for visitors eager to explore this picturesque town.
Berwick Castle: England's most pristine town defences house Berwick's ruined medieval castle - founded in the 12th century and offering an enlightening experience for visitors interested in the town's rich history. Admission to this English Heritage site is free for all - and dogs will love exploring this Northumberland highlight with you (as long as they're kept on a lead)!
Barracks and Main Guard: a Scottish attack in 1715 prompted an upgrade of Berwick's defences, resulting in the Barracks and Main Guard. One of the very first of their kind to be built in England, these Barracks are now home to a diverse range of historical exhibits - including the King's Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum and the Berwick Museum and Art Gallery among others.
Spittal Beach: holidays in Berwick aren't complete without a trip to sandy Spittal Beach - a favourite with families looking to combine stunning views with child-friendly seaside activities. During the summer months, a splash park area operates on this popular beach - while a play park, café and amusements are accessible all year round.
Restaurants in Berwick-upon-Tweed
Audela: located on Bridge Street, Audela is one of the very best places to eat in Berwick - serving seasonal British cuisine made using only the finest local produce. Whether you're in the mood for afternoon tea or an indulgent three-course dinner, you'll find your ideal meal here - with ever-changing menus that guarantee a new experience every time.
The Barn at Beal: this restaurant and coffee shop enjoys an enviable location, overlooking the incredible Holy Island of Lindisfarne. Offering everything from light lunchtime bites to formal evening dining, The Barn at Beal is an ideal rest stop during a day exploring this historical town. Better yet, it's one of the most family-friendly restaurants in Berwick-upon-Tweed, thanks to its on-site children's play park - and well-behaved dogs are always welcome in the Bothy Bar.
Foxtons Wine Bar and Restaurant: locally sourced ingredients and bespoke meals made to order are just a couple of the reasons the locals love to eat at Foxtons. With a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available, this restaurant caters to all tastes - and service always comes with a smile.
Pubs in Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Plough Inn: located in West Allerdean, pubs in Berwick don't get much better than the Plough Inn. The well-stocked bar is home to a dedicated games room, including a large pool table - and a broad selection of wines, spirits and local ales are always available. If you're visiting during the summer, don't forget to make the most of the Plough's sunny beer garden - with spectacular views of rural Northumberland.
The Meadow House Inn: for the traditional pub experience, look no further than the Meadow House Inn. Located on North Road, this is one of the finest pubs in Berwick-upon-Tweed - serving fresh local food of the highest quality. Only a mile from the Scottish border, this rural country tavern is affectionately known as the ‘the first and last pub in England' - with a fantastic location in the heart of Northumberland's lush countryside.
The Curfew Micropub: England's most northerly micropub boasts four cask ales and a varied craft bottle selection, giving beer buffs a one-of-a-kind taste of Northumberland's brewing prowess. Make sure a visit to the Curfew Micropub is on your Berwick-upon-Tweed itinerary - and follow them on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all things beer-related.
Directions to Berwick-upon-Tweed
By car: Berwick-upon-Tweed is easy to reach by car, located about a mile off the A1. To head straight to Berwick's castle and ramparts, enter the postcode TD15 1DF and hand over to your Sat-Nav.
By bus: Arriva's X18 bus service runs from Newcastle to Berwick - with buses running regularly, making it easy to travel through the heart of Northumberland to this popular coastal town.
By train: home to its own East Coast Main Line station, Berwick is easily accessible by train. This railway line runs all the way from London to Edinburgh, stopping at a number of locations across Northumberland - including Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Holiday cottages in Berwick-upon-Tweed
One of the best parts of visiting Berwick is the opportunity to stay in a unique and characterful property just minutes from all of the town's wonderful activities and attractions. Our self-catering Berwick-upon-Tweed cottages combine convenient access with all the comforts of home - giving you an ideal base for exploring this Northumberland hotspot.
No two Berwick cottages are the same - with each boasting its own unique features and furnishings, meaning visitors of all needs and tastes can find a property that suits them. Whether you're embarking on a family holiday or a romantic getaway for two, there's sure to be a coastal cottage you'll love.
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