Berwick-upon-Tweed was the first stop on our motorhome tour this summer and with hindsight I wish we’d spent longer there.
This often underrated town has a huge amount to offer families for a few days and lots of affordable accommodation. We stayed in the caravan park in the beautiful grounds of Paxton House near the town, but there is also a Haven site on the coast at Berwick Holiday Park as well as a number of other campsites, hotels and self catering options.
We’re already planning our next trip. Here are a few ideas for how to spend a weekend in Berwick-upon-Tweed with kids:
Andy Howeys Birds of Prey Centre
This small privately owned business is high up on the list of places to visit in Berwick-Upon-Tweed and it has attracted extremely positive reviews about staff and families with additional needs. One visitor wrote on TripAdvisor: “Amazing staff, helpful and supportive of my autistic son”.
Based at Hagerston Castle Caravan Park, this Bird of Prey and reptile centre provides a chance to interact with birds and small reptiles. It holds daily displays and photography workshops.
For more information and to book a slot, visit the Facebook page.
This beautiful 18th-century Palladian country house just outside Berwick-Upon-Tweed is a great place to spend the day with kids. Activities include boat trips, an adventure playground and net fishing on the River Tweed. There’s also a tearoom and gift shop, extensive grounds and gardens, galleries and exhibitions. It’s also a great place to spend the night, with options including an apartment, a lodge and a caravan park, which gives you the opportunity to explore the grounds after everyone else has gone home.
For more information visit the website
Berwick’s town walls are still standing strong, hundreds of years after they were built in 1558 to keep out the Scots. The mile-and-a-quarter route around the town has four gates through which entry to the town is enabled. It’s a great way to take in the beautiful views over the town and beyond. The ramparts are open all year round and entry is free.
Royal Border Bridge
A must-visit – particularly if you have a train fan with you. Robert Stephenson’s impressive 1850 railway viaduct strides across the River Tweed in 28 elegant arches. Walk down to the riverside to watch the trains go across or view from one of the town’s other two bridges.
Whether you sit on the quayside and enjoy an ice cream, or explore the riverside paths and the town’s three bridges on foot, it’s well worth taking in the stunning views that the River Tweed has to offer. It’s also well worth taking a river boat trip from Paxton House.
Visit the beach
There are several beaches to visit in and around Berwick. Spittal Beach is a sandy beach with a play-park and a splash-park area, which operates in the summer months whenever possible, as well as amusements, toilet and café facilities. Cocklawburn Beach, a couple of miles from the town centre is a quiet beach with golden sands and rock pools.
Located at the end of the town’s pier, the 19th century lighthouse has spectacular views down the Northumberland Coast. If you’re lucky you might even see seals or dolphins. There’s a small free car park just before pier and another carpark which has access to beach if you follow the road around.
Follow the Lowry Trail
If you like art and have kids who are willing to walk, follow in the footsteps of Manchester artist LS Lowry. Pick up a free leaflet from Berwick Tourist Information Centre (Walkergate, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1DB). The trail takes in the Elizabethan Walls and Berwick town, before crossing the River into Tweedmouth and Spittal, a total walking time of approximately three hours. You’ll see 18 interpretation panels & reproductions of his work from his holidays in the town.
- Have you been to Berwick-Upon-Tweed? Let me know in the comments below.
- If you enjoyed reading How to spend a weekend in Berwick-upon-Tweed with kids, read all about our summer adventure in How to tour the stunning Scottish Highlands in a motorhome in one week.