One of England’s most dramatic walled towns, handsome Berwick-upon-Tweed sits at the most northerly tip of Northumberland.
Berwick-upon-Tweed has changed hands between England and Scotland at least 13 times, and its great Elizabethan walls – built to keep invading Scots out – are a striking reminder of its past. Walk the walls and take in spectacular views across the River Tweed Estuary and Berwick’s famous landmark, The Royal Border Bridge. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1850, the bridge is atmospherically illuminated each evening by changing coloured lights.
Military history fans will enjoy the Berwick Barracks, Britain’s oldest purpose-built barracks and home to three museums. Meanwhile art fans should take the Lowry Trail. English artist LS Lowry holidayed in Berwick and used the coastal town as his muse for more than 20 paintings and drawings.
Admire the town’s natural beauty: take a stroll on the four sandy beaches and along beautiful riverside pathways, which are also perfect for cyclists.
Berwick-upon-Tweed is 3 hours 40 minutes north of London by train.