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Berwick-upon-Tweed: Nice Stop En Route to Scotland

Berwick-upon-Tweed: Nice Stop En Route to Scotland

Aug 8th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Very interesting info - Looking forward to more.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 03:13 PM
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I agree that Berwick-upon-Tweed is a nice city. Our American family stayed in a wonderful B & B in East Ord (just to the south on the opposite side of the Tweed) on our way from Alnwick to Edinburgh. We visited the local supermarket, walked along the ramparts and visited the local museum. You are right - there were not many foreign tourists there. Interestingly, we were given change in both English and Scottish notes.
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Aug 9th, 2006, 07:47 AM
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Berwick mainly seems to be one long High Street (may not be called that) sloping down to the old port area and river.
The town appears a bit down at its heels - not much modern here and that's in part why it charmed me - lots of stone buildings as i remember housing small shops and maybe a dillapidated Woolworth's. I was never there in the daytime for the shopping bustle but i enjoyed strolling down it at night when it was practically deserted with just the old Chippie being open along with a surprising number of pubs for a town of 11,600 residents.
"Berwick is an ancient town
A church without a steeple"
Part of the poem i copied above says what is unique about Berwick's Holy Trinity Parish Church - having the distinction of being the rare church to have been built in England during Cromwell's era. And it's also unique in its steeple-less and tower-less silhouette.
Thus it's natural that tourists may well think the neighboring spired and towered Town Hall, dating from the 1750s, is actually the church! The church also has no bell and the Town Hall's bell was (is?) used to summon townsfolk to services.
There is also a circa 1750s classical-styled Guildhall, which once had a gaol on its top floor.
The main tourist site to visit in Berwick is the old Barracks building, said to be the first ever built in Britain as a purpose-built military barracks. Now owned by English Heritage, the barracks, dating from 1717 are open as a museum of military life (I guess, did not go in).
The town itself is lended a pleasant pinkish-grey hue in its many Victorian buildings, many of which are topped by uniformly red roofs.

(About Berwick being Scottish - one reason i'd say it's more English is that i didn't see and fried Mars Bars being sold!)
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Aug 9th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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Some sights i've used for data and history, etc.

Berwick upon Tweed, links to Berwick, Berwick Borough, Lindisfarne ...Berwick upon Tweed home page giving information about Berwick and links to Berwick and surrounding area. eg; Holy Island ( lindisfarne ), Seahouses Alnwick, ...

Berwick Coast & Country Northumberland Northumbria England UK GB ...Northumbria, Berwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Holy Island, Lindisfarne, Seahouses, Bamburgh, Wooler, Belford, Chillingham.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Northumberland Northumbria England UK GB (page 46)market town, historic, tweed, river tweed, beach, tudor, museum, scotland, football, theatre,

Berwick upon Tweed HistoryOn the mainland five miles north of Holy Island, is the mouth of the River Tweed and the most historic town of Berwick Upon Tweed. The most northerly town ...
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Aug 10th, 2006, 04:27 AM
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Great info, PalQ, thanks. Must get round to visiting !
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Aug 10th, 2006, 04:47 AM
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Excellent info, I knew the area pretty well when I was young as we had a holiday house in Eyemouth which was a nice little fishing village just a couple of miles north, over the border.

I haven't been into Berwick for nearly 20 years but next week I'll try to make the effort.

The story about Berwick still being at war with Russia, as it was mentioned specifically in the declaration of the Crimean War, and NOT the declaration of Peace is not strictly true. Despite this, in the 1960's a Russian official and the Berwick mayor signed a peace treaty, with the mayor commenting that the Russain people can now sleep easier in their beds!

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Aug 15th, 2006, 10:14 AM
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thanx Caroline and Geordie - and if you do go please comment here on your experience.
I happened to be staying in Berwick on a weekend - Friday and Saturday nights. I was gone all day to the Borders Abbey by bus and came back and expected Berwick to be dead at night - but it was a Saturday night and the place was hopping - but just with bands of young 20s types heading for popular night spots. I was especially struck by the attire of the girls - i hadn't seen skirts so high since the days of Twiggy! It was mainly gaggles of young gals roving around from one hot night spot to another - they seem to be having lots of fun and i was happy to see that.
Berwick it seems attracts loads of young revelers from a wide area to its surprisingly. Though i've seen this in other UK regional towns the Berwick party scene seemed more active than others - which caught me a bit by surprise in this otherwise quite quiet town. But for me it was a night to remember.
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