Situated close to the England/Scotland border, the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed has changed hands dozens of times over the centuries. Today it’s officially in England, though its football team plays in the Scottish league. Known informally as just Berwick, this handsome and historic Georgian town is the cultural and commercial centre for a large region, but it’s also a popular seaside holiday resort and a good base for exploring rural north Northumberland and its windswept coast.
Several important walking routes pass through, or very close to, Berwick-upon-Tweed, including the Northumberland Coastal Path, the Berwickshire Coastal path, and the St. Cuthbert’s Way, as well as National Cycling Route 76 (part of the four-thousand-mile North Sea Cycle Route; walkers and cyclists must compete for hostels in Berwick-upon-Tweed with holiday makers and short-break tourists, making early booking essential.
Berwick-upon-Tweed has magnificent town walls and fortifications; other must-sees include the Berwick Barracks Museum and the Lowry Trail, a sign-posted walking tour of spots painted by the Salford-based artist LS Lowry, who loved to come to Berwick to paint. Today Berwick still attracts artists and there are a number of galleries in town that sell and display work by local artists. Berwick also makes a great base for exploring the Borders region.
A number of options for hostels in Berwick-upon-Tweed exist, offering a range of room types in varied locations throughout the town. If Berwick-upon-Tweed hostel accommodation proves hard to find, nearby hostels in neighboring towns are all a short drive away.
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