In And Around Berwick

Berwick upon Tweed Northumberland viewed from south bank of River Tweed

This section starts off with a quick tour of Berwick.

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  • Berwick: Ness Street Holiday Cottage, north Northumberland

    The tour starts at the holiday cottage

  • Berwick: Ness Street

    This is a view of Ness Street. The holiday cottage is situated in a courtyard behind the street facing houses

  • Berwick: Pier Gate or Ness Gate

    Pier Gate cuts through the Elizabethan walls at the bottom of Ness Street and then leads out to the lighthouse at the end of the pier

  • Berwick: wall path above Pier Gate

    The footpath around the walls can be reached from the steps next to Pier Gate

  • Berwick: Walls north of Pier Gate

    A view of the walls just to the north east of Pier Gate

  • Berwick: view of pier with the tide out

    A view of the pier and lighthouse from Pier Gate, with the tide out

  • Berwick: view of pier with tide in

    A similar view with the tide in. A large sandy beach lies just the other side of the pier and can be easily reached on foot.

  • Berwick: Lighthouse and Holy Island

    The pier taken from a different viewpoint. Holy Island can just be seen in the distance.

  • Berwick: Shelter by Pier Gate

    A shelter and benches on the seaward side of the walls by Pier Gate. This spot gives wonderful views of both the sea and Tweed estuary and was favoured by the artist L S Lowry

  • Berwick: Tweed Estuary

    A view across the Tweed estuary looking towards the southern shore area known as Spittal. The chimney is on the site of a demolished factory and has been retained as a prominent landmark.

  • Berwick: Spittal Beach, one of Northumberland's fine beaches

    Spittal beach looking north towards Berwick pier. The amusement arcade and children's playground can also be found here.

  • Berwick: Walls and cannon

    A view along the walls to the south of Pier Gate

  • Berwick: Typical houses in conservation area

    Some typical houses in the conservation area as seen from the walls.

  • Berwick: Hide Hill

    Hide Hill, one of Berwick's main streets, as viewed from above Sand Gate

  • Berwick: Quay Walls viewed from Sand Gate

    An impressive row of houses on Quay Walls, that overlook the mouth of the Tweed.

  • Berwick: Quay Walls

    Quay Walls houses looking back from the start of the old road bridge. The building on the far left belonged to H M Customs until recently.

  • Berwick: Bridge Street

    Behind Quay Walls lies Bridge Street, known for its restaurants and specialist shops.

  • Berwick: Typical pantile roofs

    Bridge Street area from above. Note the red pantile roofs which are typical of the old part of Berwick.

  • Berwick: Old Road Bridge

    The Old Bridge, built in 1634, one of Berwick's three bridges across the Tweed.

  • Berwick: New Bridge

    The New Bridge, Berwick's second road crossing completed in 1928 and the route of the A1 trunk road until the opening of the bypass in the 1980s.

  • Berwick: Royal Border Bridge, railway bridge across the River Tweed

    Royal Border Railway Bridge built by Robert Stephenson and opened in 1850. Now the route of the East Coast mainline between Kings Cross and Edinburgh. Berwick's railway station is situated immediately to the north of the bridge.

  • Berwick: River Tweed

    The River Tweed looking upstream from the Royal Border Bridge. The river is famous for its salmon fishing, swans and seals.

  • Berwick: Town Hall

    Berwick's Town Hall at the foot of Mary Gate, which is Berwick's main shopping street.

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Berwick upon Tweed

Berwick upon Tweed is completely encircled by one of Europe's finest preserved Elizabethan fortifications. A one and a half mile walk around the walls affords fine views of the town, the sea and the River Tweed. Berwick changed hands between England and Scotland at least thirteen times in over 300 years of border warfare. Berwick is now part of England in the county of Northumberland. The Scottish border and the county of Berwickshire lie about a mile north of the town. The River Tweed, however, is governed by Scottish law despite the fact that its last few miles lie within England.

Holy Island is a few miles south of Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland

Holy Island, or Lindisfarne, is a few miles south of Berwick

An insight into the military background of the town can be gained by visiting the Berwick Barracks museum which is housed in Britain's first purpose built army barracks. The site also houses Berwick's borough museum and is open from Easter to October.

The Town Hall museum offers two tours a day suring summer, with visits to the former cells and courtroom.

The artist L S Lowry was a frequent visitor to Berwick, the town inspiring some of his finest works. After walking around the walls, a more detailed understanding of the area can be gained by following the Lowry Trail, which encompasses Tweedmouth and Spittal to the south of the River Tweed as well as Berwick itself.

view from Berwick's old bridge looking at the Town Hall

Berwick Guildhall viewed from the Old Bridge

More Infomation about the Area

The following are electronic versions of leaflets or booklets

North Northumberland Tourism Association Visitors Guide - places to visit, where to eat, guide to accommodation and an excellent introduction to Berwick and the surrounding area. Well worth downloading and reading.

Historic Border Bridges - a guide to the history and construction of nine bridges in the Berwick area.


Berwick Maltings Theatre and Arts Centre main house

The Maltings Theatre and Arts Centre

Other recommended websites

Northumberland Coast - A Visitor's Guide

Berwick Borough Council tourism site

Visit North East England

North Northumberland Tourism Association

Bamburgh Castle

Alnwick Castle

Lindisfarne or Holy Island

Goswick Golf Club


Berwick Parish Church

The Barn at Beal, including Birds of Prey Centre

Ford and Etal - lots to see and do including a light railway and working watermill.

Find late availability in the North Northumberland area

Barter Books A very large second hand book shop in Alnwick

doddington dairy Local producer of high quality ice cream and cheese

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours - local wildlife tours

St Cuthbert Farne Island Boat Trips Boat trips from Seahouses



A quick word of warning for those making further web searches: A few miles up the coast towards Edinburgh lies the small town of North Berwick. This is not the same place as Berwick upon Tweed!


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Other Links

Alternate website for Ness Street


Ness Street Holiday Cottage, Ness Street, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1HY. Tel 01289 318069

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