There are several significant cultural or heritage sites in Berwick. The formidable Georgian Barracks house the Regimental Museum of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and the Berwick Town Museum, with, nearby, the respected Gymnasium art Gallery. A short distance away the Cromwellian Church, Holy Trinity Parish Church, unadorned by steeple or tower at the command of Oliver Cromwell.
While in the town, allocate time for a stroll, or forty minutes perhaps for a full circuit of the Elizabethan Walls, completed in 1596 as a precaution against the French, but never to experience a shot fired in anger. Costly, though, at £128,000 in 1596 money, more than Elizabeth paid for all her other fortifications put together.
These Berwick Ramparts are one and a half miles long and still in pristine condition: no more than twenty feet high, but incredibly strong, fortified by immense bastions.
While in the town be sure to take in The Maltings Theatre, Cinema & Arts Centre with restaurant and bar www.maltingsberwick.co.uk a short distance towards the river from Marygate. Its centrepiece a beautiful 300 seat theatre.
From there walk down the short distance to Bridge Street, a traditional shopping street with independent shops, on your way to the ancient Berwick Old Bridge, 1611 – 1634, the farthest downstream of three Berwick bridges, built in 1634, its fifteen red sandstone arches seemingly following each other across the Tweed like a herd of elephants, at least according to Chamberlin!
Then look upstream towards the Royal Border Bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson and built 1847 – 1850 for the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway, its 28 arches thus linking up the East Coast main line to this day, taking electrification in its stride.
Retrace your steps to Bridge Street, or walk downstream along the Quay Walls, either route will take you back to Hide Hill, the street of the banks and more independent shops, continuing uphill back to Marygate and the commanding Town Hall.
Continue your tour of Berwick by crossing to the right bank of the Tweed to Tweedmouth and Spittal – in particular its beach and promenade – both on the right bank of the Tweed, each with its own identity and long history.