The beautiful seaside town so pretty England and Scotland fought over it

The town gets its name from its location, Berwick means barley farm in old English, and Tweed refers to the river in which it lies, but control of the town was battled over for hundreds of years.  

Daunting cliffs, beautiful beaches and tranquil bays await potential tourists, as well as the nearby Farne Islands, a group of rocky islets, are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts as they provide nesting grounds for a vast array of seabirds and are home to a colony of adorable Atlantic grey seals.

The town offers a vast array of restaurants, shops and accommodations to suit people from all walks of life which ensures a comfortable stay for any visitors going to explore the history of this historically unique town. 

Town clerk for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Gareth Davies said: “Life in England’s most northerly town is not without its challenges – it seems sometimes as if we’re a long way away from the big cities – but it’s also why we’re a unique place with so many advantages. 

“We’re bounded to the west by the beautiful Cheviot hills to the north by the Scottish borders, to the south by Northumberland’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and to the east by the North Sea and our spectacular beaches. 

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“We’re in the process of getting our new hospital built, we’ve got a brand new leisure centre, and our theatre is being rebuilt in the next couple of years continuing our tradition of bringing the best of modern drama and performance to a small rural town.

“Within the town centre, we’ve got a great range of independent shops and places to eat, especially in our independent quarter around Bridge Street and Hide Hill. You can enjoy a wonderful cosmopolitan experience while exploring the courtyards, passageways and quayside that are testimony to Berwick’s past as one of Britain’s great commercial centres.”

The town is filled with a unique history but was founded as an Anglo-Saxon settlement while it was a part of the Kingdom of Northumbria, annexed with Englands in the 10th century. 

For 400 years the area was a major player in historically famous battles for the border between England and Scotland and it changed hands several times between the two kingdoms in that time. 

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Mr Davies said: “Our town centre is surrounded by the most complete set of post-medieval fortifications in Britain, if not Europe. From the top of the walls you can see the town, the Tweed estuary and in the distance Bamburgh Castle and Holy Island. Walking around the walls is a unique experience that can help visitors feel our history.”

The town is full of things to do for holidaymakers, like The Barracks, Eyemouth Museum, Paxton House, Clocklawburn Beach and the Ford and Etal Estate. Along with this are holidays favourites with a mixture of bars, restaurants and trails to follow while discovering new things in the area. 

Mr Davies said: “Berwickers are unique – proud of our traditions as a place between England and Scotland, proud of our history and of our unique culture. 

“As a warm, welcoming place we’re also home to a wider community of residents from around the UK who’ve chosen Berwick because of the lifestyle and the experience our Georgian architecture and love of culture offer in a tightly packed space where you can walk almost anywhere you need to be.”

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