BERWICK SHORES

It's not all about beaches at Berwick. There are a huge variety of places to visit and things to do in and around the surrounding area to make it the perfect holiday destination.

 

Berwick is a lively market town with a busy but traditional High Street. The River Tweed forms a picturesque backdrop and the town is equally famed for the bridges that cross it. Historically, Berwick's position on the border between England and Scotland saw it 'change hands' a number of times and you can walk along the defensive, Elizabethan walls that surround the town as well visiting the Berwick-upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard which also hosts the museum of the King's Own Scottish Borderers. Alternatively, you might want to follow the five-mile, Lowry trail and see where Manchester's most famous son also painted Berwick.

 

As well as two golf courses (Magdalene Fields across from Berwick Holiday Park and the Goswick) the town also boasts a senior football side, Berwick Rangers - who famously play in the Scottish League - also in town are the Berwick Bandits motorcycle speedway - both teams based at Shielfield Stadium. Kids go free each week at the speedway.

 

Just outside Berwick is the fabulous Chain Bridge Honey Farm which not only allows you to indulge in a variety of honey products, has an extensive motor memorabilia museum and the opportunity for lunch or afternoon tea on-board their double-decker bus cafe!

 

Also near the town is Paxton House where you can take a tour of the Palladian mansion which houses impressive furniture and art collections as well as dressing up for children.

 

Just up the A1 is the quaint little fishing village of Eyemouth with historic harbour and Gunsgreen House and its' smuggling connections! Just outside Eyemouth are the St Abbs Nature Reserve with its' fantastic birdwatching and the rocky ruins of Fast Castle. In nearby Duns you can visit the museum dedicated to racing legend Jim Clark.

 

Moving down the coast there is the picturesque town of Seahouses which is the perfect spot for some freshly caught fish-and-chips. Boat tours to the Farne Islands and their famous colonies of puffins and seals can also be taken from here.

 

Also off the coast is the stunning island of Lindisfarne – the holy island of Christian pilgrimage dating from 635AD. Described as “the very fountain head of England's Christian heritage” the island has a stunning castle as well as the opportunity to sample traditional Lindisfarne mead in the informative visitors centre as well as more of that seaside wildlife.

 

That history also means there are several stunning castles to visit in the region including Alnwick Castle where several scenes from the first two Harry Potter films were shot. The Castle is complimented by the accompanying gardens and indeed by the delightful little town itself which hosts several cultural festivals throughout the year.

 

Also nearby is Chillingham Castle which reputes to be haunted but as well as being a historic military base also has a herd of wild, Chillingham cattle.

 

Also worth a visit is the imposing Bamburgh Castle which sits majestically on the coast and towers above the village green. The town also hosts the Grace Darling museum which commemorates the heroine of the SS Forfarshire sinking in 1838 when she helped rescue survivors.

 

At Cornhill-on-Tweed is the Heathershall Light Railway which has a 15-gauge railway that runs to Etal Castle and also the Lavender tearooms in the village.

 

And if you happen to visit all the castles, sail the whole coast and soak up all the history then there is still the Northumberland countryside - home to some of Britain's greatest landscapes and  perfect for walking, cycling, fishing or wildlife watching.

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