• Kelly

20 things to do in and around Berwick upon Tweed

Updated: Jul 22




We used to live pretty close to Berwick and always heard people saying there is nothing to do in the area. So I have come up with my own list 20 fantastic things that you can do this Summer ( or any time of the year) in and around Berwick.

Berwick-upon-Tweed sits at the most northerly tip of Northumberland, just 3 miles from the Scottish Border. The main shopping area has some fantastic shops, restaurants and The Maltings which offers some great shows throughout the year. There is also a wide range of other family friendly attractions and activities, within a short drive, or bus ride, from this historic town.


PLEASE NOTE: Some attractions are currently closed, due to Covid-19 and most are operating on a limited capacity basis. Most attractions are also only allowing pre-booked visits. Please check with individual attractions before travelling. We will update this post as and when we receive relevant details. Where we have Covid-19 information for individual sites, we have highlighted this in bold.

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Barracks and Main Guard

Reopens 1st August

An English Heritage property. One of the first purpose built barracks in England. Also home to The King's Own Scottish Borderers Museum and Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.



Swan Centre

Reopens 25th July

Multi use centre featuring swimming pool with water flume, well equipped gym, and sports hall. Also offers various classes and a softplay area.


Chain Bridge Honey Farm

Currently closed due to Covid-19

Learn about bees and bee behaviour, products of the beehive, including honey, wax and propolis, different types of bee as well as bumble bees and wasps. Visitors can also view the observation hive and visit the shop, with a range of products, made using honey and beeswax from the farm.


Paxton House

House currently closed due to Covid-19. Grounds, garden, playpark and toilets currently open

Family trails around the grounds, a beautiful riverside walk, gift shop, tea room, varoiou exhibitions and regular events.


The Holy Island Of Lindisfarne

With so much to see and do, this is another North East destination that could fill more than one day. Explore the village, take in the views and spot wildlife in the bays or visit the castle or Priory (charges apply)

Always remember to check safe crossing times for the causeway before crossing.



Chillingham Castle

Some parts of the castle currently closed, due to Covid-19. Grounds fully open.

A stunning 13th century castle, reputedly the most haunted in Britain, offering regular ghost tours.



Chillingham Wild Cattle

Chillingham offers an outstanding day out in one of the most beautiful parts of Northumberland. The guided tours take you close, but not too close, to these extraordinary animals. Please note this is a walking tour.


Northumberland Country Zoo

Over 50 species, spread across a 17 acre site in the heart of Northumberland.


St Abbs Head

Toilets open weekends only

This cliff-top nature reserve has fresh sea air and rugged coastal scenery aplenty. It gives you the feeling of being somewhere really wild and remote, yet it’s just off the A1.



Heatherslaw Railway

The most Northerly steam railway in England, running along the banks of the River Till at Ford & Etal.


Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre

The only Rare Breed Approved Conservation Centre in the Country, which is dedicated to the Heavy Horses.  Not only will visitors see the Clydesdales Heavy Horses, but also other animals which would have been common place in the era of the working horse.


Union Chain Bridge

Crossing the River Tweed, between England and Scotland, this was the longest suspension bridge in the world, when it first opened in 1820.



The Hirsel

Country park, craft centre, museum, golf course and museum, in the Border Toon of Coldstream.



Grace Darling Museum

Currently closed due to Covid-19

The RNLI Grace Darling Museum, at Bamburgh, commemorates the life of Victorian Britain’s greatest heroine, who risked her life to rescue nine survivors from the wrecked SS Forfarshire on 7 September 1838.


Bamburgh Castle

Centuries of history in a stunning coastal fortress, featuring and aviation museum, cafe and bar.



Farne Islands

Currently closed due to Covid-19

Seals, puffins and over 100,000 seabirds call these islands, off the Northumberland coast, home at various times of the year.

Boat trips available from Seahouses.


Alnwick Castle

Reopening 27th July

The second largest inhabited castle in the UK, dating back to the Norman period. The castle has been the backdop to some major productions, from Harry Potter and Downton Abbey, to Transformers and Robin Hood.



Floors Castle

Reopening 25th July

21 and featuring a victorian walled garden with glasshouses, woodland and riverside walks, cycle trail and a cafe, currently offering a picnic style menu.


Beachcomber Amusements and Eyemouth Beach

Family friendly amusement arcade with a wide range of games and activities, right on a beautiful sandy beach.


Andy Howeys Bird Of Prey Centre

Prebooked sessions, allowing visitors to get up close with various birds and reptiles, in the grounds of Haggerston Castle.


Let me know if you visit any of the above and what you think.

Kelly X

Hay farm heavy horse centre – Elliot’s favourite place

The Hirsel


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