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Arguably England’s most dramatic walled town, at the most northerly tip of Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed, which features heavily in the recently released novel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy crowns the county. Look around this borders town and you’ll soon find evidence of Berwick’s tempestuous past. Captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482, Berwick’s great Elizabethan walls were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town.

A view across Berwick-upon-Tweed Estuary

A view across Berwick-upon-Tweed Estuary

Walk almost the full length of these walls, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed estuary and Berwick’s famous landmark, The Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stevenson and hailed as one of the finest bridges of its kind in the world. 

Berwick’s close ties with Scotland remain today with Berwick’s football team being the only side in England to play in the Scottish league, as seen on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland. Watch a calcavade of horsemen and women celebrating Berwick’s unique town boundaries with the Riding of the Bounds on May 1st.

Looking up to the clock tower on Berwick Town Hall

Looking up to the clock tower on Berwick Town Hall

The town has certainly attracted its fair share of admirers over the years. Artist L.S. Lowry was a huge fan of the town and today there is a specially created Lowry Trail to explore his favourite holiday resort of Berwick. Worldwide bestselling novelist Rachel Joyce captures the imagination with her latest book, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy set in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Catch a performance at The Maltings Theatre and Arts Centre.

Lose an hour or so in the Gymnasium Art Gallery which hosts big-name contemporary art exhibitions and is housed in Berwick Barracks – Britain’s oldest purpose-built barracks. Take a tour of the town’s old courtroom, jail lockups and notorious ‘drunk’s cell’ in the upper floors of Berwick’s Town Hall.

Tuck into local produce and sup real ale at Berwick’s popular food and beer festival which takes place each September. With its own East Coast Mainline railway station as well as being handily close to the A1, Berwick is an easy-to-reach destination.

More information about the town can be found on the Visit Berwick website.

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Berwick townscape behind The River Tweed

Arguably England’s most dramatic walled town, at the most northerly tip of Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed, which features heavily in the recently released novel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy crowns the county. Look around this borders town and you’ll soon find evidence of Berwick’s tempestuous past. Captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482, Berwick’s great Elizabethan walls were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town.

A view across Berwick-upon-Tweed Estuary

A view across Berwick-upon-Tweed Estuary

Walk almost the full length of these walls, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed estuary and Berwick’s famous landmark, The Royal Border Bridge, built by Robert Stevenson and hailed as one of the finest bridges of its kind in the world. 

Berwick’s close ties with Scotland remain today with Berwick’s football team being the only side in England to play in the Scottish league, as seen on Robson Green's Tales from Northumberland. Watch a calcavade of horsemen and women celebrating Berwick’s unique town boundaries with the Riding of the Bounds on May 1st.

Looking up to the clock tower on Berwick Town Hall

Looking up to the clock tower on Berwick Town Hall

The town has certainly attracted its fair share of admirers over the years. Artist L.S. Lowry was a huge fan of the town and today there is a specially created Lowry Trail to explore his favourite holiday resort of Berwick. Worldwide bestselling novelist Rachel Joyce captures the imagination with her latest book, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy set in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Catch a performance at The Maltings Theatre and Arts Centre.

Lose an hour or so in the Gymnasium Art Gallery which hosts big-name contemporary art exhibitions and is housed in Berwick Barracks – Britain’s oldest purpose-built barracks. Take a tour of the town’s old courtroom, jail lockups and notorious ‘drunk’s cell’ in the upper floors of Berwick’s Town Hall.

Tuck into local produce and sup real ale at Berwick’s popular food and beer festival which takes place each September. With its own East Coast Mainline railway station as well as being handily close to the A1, Berwick is an easy-to-reach destination.

More information about the town can be found on the Visit Berwick website.

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