I was flabbergasted when I read the Guardian’s article on travel tips for Berwick upon Tweed. The headline trumpets “Climb the Tudor Walls for Jaw Dropping Views”. The Town Walls (Ramparts) are usually refered to as Elizabethan. The term Elizabethan is used at the bottom of the article in the one “What to See” tip. Although Elzabeth 1 was the last of the Tudor line (thanks to reader Barbara Penteocost for pointing this out), being more specific gives a clearer idea of the period in which the Walls were constructed. You won’t require climbing equipment to enjoy the views from the Town Walls, it’s more of a stroll.
Town Walls in Berwick upon Tweed
As for the tip to buy some Berwick Cockles (sweets), that’ll be impossible, as the Cockle Shop closed in 2010. That tip has now been removed from the Guardian article.
The shut down Berwick Cockles Shop
Next there’s a link to the Mark Irvine Gallery in Bridge Street, when that website has now been superceded. These tips left me wondering if the author had used some out-of-date sources to “research” her article. The article then reads like an advertorial for a Bed & Breakfast in Berwick upon Tweed; marketing blurb, giving no personal insight into the lodgings.
The Guardian article is fluffy, limited and inaccurate in places; I can’t see it being of any use to prospective visitors to Berwick upon Tweed. You’d need to read some real reviews (reporting the good and bad) of guests who’d stayed at that B&B, to get a better idea of what it’s like.
It says at the top of the article that it’s published in association with Visit England. They wasted their cash (and an opportunity to give Berwick upon Tweed some decent promotion) in this piece, which only gave one useful tip about the beautiful views from the Town Walls.
My Tips for What to Do in the Berwick upon Tweed Area
If you want some more tips on what to do in Berwick upon Tweed, you’ve come to the right place, as I currently live in the town. I’ll let my photos/video do the talking and spare you the usual travel writing clichés and flowery prose. You can get more information by clicking on the links below the photos/video.
Admire the Royal Border Bridge Illuminations
The illumination of the Royal Border Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed
Walk along Spittal Beach
Spittal Beach in Berwick upon Tweed
Watch the Salmon Net Fishermen on the River Tweed
Salmon net fishing in Berwick upon Tweed
Follow the Lowry Trail
Berwick Harbour on the Lowry Trail
Admire Art at the Granary Gallery
Berwick net fishermen projected onto the wall of the Granary, home of the Granary Gallery
Cross the Oldest Suspension Bridge in the World at Horncliffe
Union (aka Chain) Bridge near Berwick upon Tweed
Visit Paxton House
Paxton House near Berwick upon Tweed
Click here to see my Berwick upon Tweed photos on Flickr.