Berwick-Upon-Tweed Is Situated At The Northern Most Point of England
Published: Thursday 31st Aug 2017
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
The town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed is situated at the northern most point of England not far from the A1 so is easily accessible. It lies a couple of miles south of the Scottish border. Whether you are looking for outdoorsy activities or enjoy learning about the local history, Berwick-upon-Tweed offers it all.
Paxton House and Gardens is full of delights for all ages. The tour guides are renowned not only for their knowledge of the house and its history but for making the tours of interest to young and old alike. One of the owners of the house, Ninian Home, used the highly acclaimed cabinet maker Thomas Chippendale to decorate and furnish the property with soft furnishings, wall paper and furniture. Unfortunately Home’s life was brought to an abrupt end when he was murdered whilst in Grenada.
When you have finished touring the house there are beautiful walks and gardens to explore, including a croquet lawn where you can play for a small fee. For the kids there’s an adventure playground. To finish off your day there’s a highly rated café offering home cooking and baking at reasonable prices.
Within walking distance from Paxton House is Chain Bridge Honey Farm. There’s no entry fee for this local point of interest which is always a bonus. Here you can have a look at some vintage farming equipment and learn about how farming was done in years gone by. You can also take a look at the bees at work! Raised flower beds have been created to encourage more bees to the area. You can read up on how the bees work and sample some of their products in the shop with beeswax and honey products available to buy and sample. The noval coffee shop is located in an old double decker bus and offers delicious home baking. There’s also a play park to further amuse the kids.
Further along the road is the Union Suspension Bridge. This was once the longest suspension bridge in the world. It was opened in 1820 and is the oldest operational chain bridge in the world. It’s accessible by car but can also be walked along. It offers magnificent views of the Tweed estuary and has the added quirk that on the other side of the bridge is Scotland.
If you enjoy walking, it would be worth your while to take in stunning views of the town and out to the North Sea by walking round the Elizabethan Walls built in 1558. The walk is one and a quarter miles and takes approximately 45 minutes. The walls completely surround the town with four gates at different points offering access to Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
Another relatively easy walk would be along Berwick pier to the lighthouse. It’s an old stone pier that’s flat with plenty of benches to rest on. There is no access to the lighthouse but there is a great view over to the Holy Isle. The lighthouse itself is was built in 1826 and is still operational.