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20 things to do in and around Berwick upon Tweed

Updated: May 30, 2021




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. Some attractions are also only allowing pre-booked visits. Please check with individual attractions before travelling.


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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, which is definitely worth a visit and is included in your ticket,



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


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.


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


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.



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



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.


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


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.



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


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.


CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT

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



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



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.


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



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.


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.



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.


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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