"One of the most exciting towns in England"
Where else, within just one hour, can you walk on dramatic Elizabethan fortifications, see the country's first purpose built infantry Barracks, view an iconic 28 arch railway viaduct designed by Robert Stephenson, a conglomeration of enchanting Georgian houses, cobbled lanes and archways, and a mix of character shops & restaurants - all within a stunning setting alongside one of Britain's finest salmon rivers, and with views up the Tweed valley & out across the estuary as far as Holy Island & beyond?
The definitive border town, focus of many centuries of warfare between England & Scotland, Berwick has perfectly preserved Elizabethan fortifications which are the most complete bastioned town defences in Northern Europe. The 18th century Berwick Barracks were the first in Britain to be purpose built. With bastions, batteries, buttresses & even a Russian cannon the dramatic history of Berwick comes alive as you walk these imposing walls.
A boat building town from the 18th century & a centre of a thriving salmon fishing industry from the 19th century, Berwick has stone harbour walls & a cobbled quayside beneath the massive ramparts. From these, during the summer months, you can step back in time & watch the netting of salmon still taking place from Gardo's Batt, a tradition unique to Berwick.