Berwick-upon-Tweed Coast Guide
Berwick-upon-Tweed is a border town that has changed hands between the Scots and the English around 14 times up until 1482 when it came under English control. Currently it is on the English side of the border and it is England's most northerly town. The town has strong defenses in the form of walls which may be explored by walking for the most part.
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In the 12th-13th centuries it had become Scotland's leading seaport and a town of wealth and distinction but much was destroyed in the many subsequent sieges the town had to endure. The town acquired over two miles of defensive walls that were constructed on the instructions of Elizabeth I as a deterrent to the Scots.
Today the town attracts many thousands of visitors a year to its shops, beaches and other facilities including the Berwick Barracks Museum and the Maltings Arts Centre. The area is also known for its castles a consequence of the borderland position of the area. There are castles at Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and at Lindisfarne.
A well known landmark in the town is the Old Bridge which is built of sandstone and has 15 arches. The bridge was built between 1619 and 1624 on the orders of James VI of Scotland, today it forms part of the main route between Scotland and England. The Royal Border Bridge is a railway viaduct which was built under the supervision of Robert Stephenson in 1847 and is reckoned to be one of the finest he built. The towns impressive defensive walls were built between 1558 and 1570 by order of Elizabeth I in order to keep the unruly Scots out.
Places to visit around Berwick-upon-Tweed - Attractions
Lindisfarne Castle Holy Island - Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2SH Tel: 01289 389244
Conundrum Farm Visitor Centre - Loughend Farm, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1UT Tel: 01289 306092
Berwick Barracks - The Parade, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1DG Tel: 01289 304493
Beachcomber Riding Stables - Goswick, Nr Berwick Telephone: 01289 381217
The Swan Centre for Leisure - Sports hall and swimming pool - Northumberland Road, Tweedmouth Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2AS Tel: +44 (0)1289 330603
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