What to do

If you’re visiting Berwick and you have some time to spare, there is plenty that you can do during your time here. From museum and family attractions to parks and galleries, there is no shortage of things for adults and children to enjoy in Berwick.

One of the best ways to get to know Berwick-upon-Tweed is to walk. You can choose to either go for a short walk such around the Elizabethan walls or you can go for something longer such as at the coast. The Lowry Trail, the one frequented by Manchester artist L.S. Lowry is a town trail that will take you around Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal. Lowry, well known for the matchstick men paintings, was a frequent visitor to Berwick-upon-Tweed and there are more than thirty drawings, paintings and sketches that he made while in the area. There are 18 interpretation panels on both sides of the River Tweed as you walk along the Lowry trail and you can also get a leaflet from the Berwick Tourist Information Centre. As part of their ‘Discovering Britain’ series, the Royal Geographical Society has also launched a new Berwick walk. The walks are not just lots of free fun, they are also easy to do and you’ll get a map plus a written or audio commentary so you don’t miss any interesting bits of the walk.

If you’re not feeling the outdoors, then you can always choose to go to one of the museums or galleries around town. These are usually open from Easter to October and include the Barracks Museum Complex which comprises of 3 museums. Some of the works you can find here include ‘By Beat of Drum’ which shows the life of an infantryman in the British army. There are scenes that have been recreated, showing what life was like for a soldier in the Barracks. Another museum within the Barracks is the King’s Own Scottish Borderers regimental museum. This museum has a collection of items from the regiment unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere including documents, weapons and silver.

There is also the Berwick Museum and Art Gallery within the same complex.

Naturally, you may just want to do a little bit of shopping around town and luckily you can find many small local shops in and around the main town centre. Bridge street is a must visit and it holds many businesses and you should also pay a visit to Castlegate.

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