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About Berwick-upon-Tweed

Berwick-upon-Tweed was enshrined in history by the painter L.S Lowry, whose depiction of the town hall as it was in 1750 captures the elegance of this beautiful Borders town. Only 3 miles from the Scottish border, Berwick has long been wrestled-over by the English and Scots, having changed hands 13 times in its history. Its impressive Elizabethan ramparts encircling the town - built to keep the barbarous and haggis-eating Scots at bay - are a testament to its turbulent past. Its streets teem with gorgeous Georgian townhouses, lovely old pubs, boutique cafes and small art galleries, while being a coastal town, it has 4 sandy beaches. Ideal for a romantic weekend away or a family holiday, there is much to see and do here, and our collection of the best places to stay in Berwick-upon-Tweed have an old-worldly charm fitting of the town.

The countryside surrounding it is quintessential of the Borders' landscape: bleak and beautifully faded green hills rolling off into the horizon, snaked by dark grey rivers and peppered with stony-faced villages and looming castles. Enter the town via the iconic Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stevenson and one of the finest of its kind in the world. The town itself is picturesque and charming, unpolluted by the tourist industry that has still failed to flood the place. If you walk down Bridge Street, you encounter bookshops, Farrow & Ball sellers, art galleries, boutique cafes and fair trade supermarkets, while scattered throughout the town are lovely little oakwood pubs like the Pilot Inn - that plays traditional folk music weekly - and The Curfew, a trendy micropub.

Aside from its small-town charm, Berwick is steeped in history. Brimming with elegant Georgian architecture, the town itself is exceedingly pretty. The Elizabethan ramparts that encircle the town are another example: built to keep out the Scots, they are incredibly well preserved and are one of Berwick's main attractions. The town is one that really rewards the walker and the walls are no exception because you can walk their entirety. While strolling along the walls, check out the castle - standing adjacent to the railway station - a fascinating ruin and a fabulous example of a medieval border castle. Nearby is also the Berwick Barracks and The Main Guard, both excellent museums detailing the region's unique, violent and chaotic history.

What not to miss

  • Head over to one of the town's 4 beaches and breathe in the salty sea air. If you're feeling, go for a dip in the water!
  • Check out the perfectly-preserved Elizabethan ramparts that encircle the town: you can walk the entire circuit and enjoy the marvellous views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Immerse yourself in the region's turbulent past by visiting some of the museums, including the Berwick Barracks and The Main Guard.
  • Enjoy a pint of local bitter at The Pilot Inn while listening to musicians playing traditional folk music.
  • Take a stroll down Bridge Street and peruse the many independent stores scattered about, from the bookshops and art galleries to the boutique cafes and Farrow & Ball sellers.

This is not a tourist hot-spot and so it is equally not rammed with hotels, so in order to ensure a spot at one of the best places to stay in Berwick-upon-Tweed we recommend booking well in advance.

The best places to stay in Berwick-upon-Tweed

For Seaside charm

  • The Walls B&B: simple, charming and in a picturesque setting, you can expect gorgeous sea views, hearty breakfasts and cosy, comfortable rooms. Ideal for couples.

For an apartment or cottage

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • Fly to Edinburgh Airport and get a train to Berwick-upon-Tweed.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to go is during the summer months, when the temperature ranges between 9 and 17 degrees.

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Best Hotels in Berwick-upon-Tweed

  • The Walls B&B Berwick-upon-Tweed 3 rooms from £80

    Sights nearby  -  Visit Northumberland castles at Etal, Lindisfarne and Bamburgh.
    Local markets  -  Browse Berwick Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Disabled accessParking

    Luxury townhouse B&B magnificently set on Berwick’s town walls with stunning views over the River Tweed estuary. Rooms are light and elegant, breakfasts a highlight and the atmosphere relaxed. It's a great base from which to explore the town and surrounding coastline. See More

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