The Unusual Village of Berwick-upon-Tweed

Arguably England's most enigmatic walled town, at the most northerly tip of Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed,is the only village where Scotland and England's historic drama still seems to be unfolding. Look around this borders town and you'll soon find evidence of Berwick's tempestuous past. Captured or sacked 13 times before finally falling into English hands in 1482, Berwick's great Elizabethan walls were built to keep invading Scots from entering the town.

 

Walk almost the full length of these walls, taking in spectacular views across the River Tweed estuary and Berwick's famous landmark, The Royal Border Bridge , built by Robert Stevenson and hailed as one of the finest bridges of its kind in the world.

 

Visit the 'Kings Own Scottish Borders Museum', the historic Paxton House which was a country house built for Patrick Home of Billie in an unsuccessful attempt to woo a Prussian heiress. Attributed to James Adam (possibly in concert with John Adam ).

 

Wonder at paintings by Degas and Boudin – part of the Burrell Collection, or gaze at glass and oriental porcelain at the Berwick Museum and Art Gallery and then stroll through the only parish church built under Cromwell and one of the earliest installations by Sir Edward Lutyens, a John Knox Renaissance pulpit, and panels from the 13thC Castle. The church was built in 1650 from the stones of Edward I's great 13thC Berwick Castle, the largest in England.

 

Relax at the flourishing family business started by beekeeping advisor William Selby Robson in 1948, the Chain Bridge Honey Farm which specialises in natural honey products. You can buy everything from honeycombs to beeswax candles.

 

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