Berwick - Castles, Cobbles and Cafes
Berwick Town Panoramic | © Ollie Cowgill

Berwick - Castles, Cobbles and Cafes

Days out in Berwick


 - Start your day with a hearty breakfast in one of Berwick’s cosy cafes. The Lookout Café sits along the romantic River Tweed, so you can wrap up warm and sip on your coffee with a view of the low sun on the shimmering water. Café Crema, Sinners Café, The Coffee Stop are just a few examples of the homely cafes that are scattered across Berwick’s cobbled streets serving delicious breakfasts and warming drinks.


- Berwick is a town that lives life on the edge; teetering on the border of England and Scotland, its control was repeatedly passed back and forth between the two. This caused years of warfare and bloodshed, which are represented in the town walls, bridges and castle that stand proudly in Berwick today. Absorb the town’s rich heritage by starting with Berwick Town Hall, where you can look inside the haunting old town courtroom and graffiti from unruly 18th century cellmates still lingers on the walls.

- Move onto Berwick Barracks, built in 1717 and now home to three museums, two of which give an intriguing insight into a soldier’s life in the barracks and an unrivalled collection of memorabilia from the regiment's 325 year history. The third is Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, so end your morning with a mooch around and admire the wonderful collection of art given by shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in the 1940s.


 - Berwick is a Slow Food town, which is a movement that promotes local food, traditional cooking and knowing exactly where your food comes from. This makes it a perfect spot for tasting authentic cuisine and a number of restaurants offer seasonal menus using fresh produce. Audela, Foxton’s Wine Bar and Upper West Street Restaurant (just to name a few) are fantastic options for lunch. Find more lunch options on the Mouth of the Tweed Website.


- Once you have filled your boots with fresh seafood and indulgent desserts, head to beautiful Berwick Castle whose ruinous remains stand proudly along the riverside. Perched on a rocky outcrop, it acts as a spectacular viewpoint for the three iconic bridges that stand over The River Tweed. The Royal Border Bridge is arguably the most famous and is Berwick’s railway bridge, whose 28 arches are illuminated at night to create a stunning spectacle. The castle was badly damaged when this railway line was introduced to Berwick in 1844.

- Finally, end your tour with a haunting stroll along the Elizabethan Town Walls, past the stones that hold such significance to the town’s history. The walls are Berwick’s most famous piece of architecture and completely surround the town, originally designed to keep marauding Scots from invading.


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