Inside Berwick – top things to do

Frontier town. Pretty, picture-postcard Berwick-upon-Tweed has a surprisingly gruesome past as England’s most northerly town. Be inspired with our pick of the shops, sights and grub. 

 

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Northern uproar

As England's northernmost town, Berwick’s just a couple of miles from the Scottish Border. Centuries past saw the Scots and English scrap over the town – but things are much calmer these days. 

The town's tubulent history is clear from its massive Elizabethan walls, complete with canon. Stretch your legs with a stroll along them. The pay-off? Views that’ll have you busting out your camera. You can also see more of the town's military history in Berwick Barracks.

 

Matchstick men

Love or hate them,LS Lowry’s iconic paintings of life in Northern towns are instantly recognisable – all smoggy factories and world-weary folk. The artist’s links to Berwick are less well-known. He took his holidays in the town and made 20 paintings and drawings of Berwick. See how each painting measures up to the place by following the Lowry Trail. 

Hidden Berwick

Royal Tweed Bridge

Stand on the bridge and suck in the amazing view: Berwick Castle, Holy Island Castle and Bamburgh Castle can all be seen. It's the newest of the three bridges so gives you a great view of the more architecturally interesting Old Bridge and Royal Border Bridge. Might be time for a selfie...

Retail therapy

High-street heaven

Marygate: Stretching through the centre of town, Marygate is Berwick's main shopping area. Find Boots, Topshop, Sports Direct, WH Smith and other usual high street suspects.

 

Vintage, independents and homewares

Berwick's got a thriving independent shopping scene – wander the art galleries and antique shops of Bridge Street, or the chocolatiers on West Street. Berwick prides itself on being a Fair Trade Town, so keep your eyes peeled for stickers in shop windows.

 

Label lovers – designer shopping

Grahams in the town centre has brands like Superdry, G-STAR, Hilfiger, Bellfield and Bench for fashionistas – both men and women. Bags, accessories, wallets, and shoes (mainly men's) are irresistible for style junkies.