Past & Present

Past & Present

Berwick Upon Tweed

The rich history of Berwick-upon-Tweed dates back hundreds of years and gives great tapestry to Britain’s history.

Due to its unique border and coastal location Berwick-upon-Tweed became one of the main conquering prizes of the English and Scottish wars.

This busy vein of history saw Berwick change hands at least 13 times until finally being secured by the English in 1482.

These were still very turbulent times for the border lands and still highly debated bandit country.  Poverty was rife and reiving (cattle thieving) a common occupation.  The borders were occupied on both sides by inter-related families, many of which were large in number and reputation.

The menfolk were typified with horse, lang spier and steel bonnet.  They became known as Border Reivers and now very well documented by family name.

Reiver Apartments has been named to give homage to the Reivers and the family names now widespread throughout the world.

Thankfully all peaceful now, Berwick-upon-Tweed offers a wonderful location for visitors of all kinds and it doesn’t get more central than Reiver Apartments.

Berwick town is plentiful in pubs, cafes, restaurants and interesting shops.

For art lovers there are many galleries and even a Lowry Trail.  Included within the town historic assets are the Elizabethan walls, ramparts and Berwick Barracks.  Berwick hosts a variety of well organised annual events and a busy entertainment calendar about the many venues.

The Clan Young Suite is the place to indulge and a natural platform to visit the surrounding area.

Northumberland has many famous and beautiful beaches.  These are well complimented with the abundant noteworthy castles, historic houses and gardens.

The borderlands extending from Berwick provide stunning scenery.  This richly varied landscape gave inspiration to non-other than Sir Walter Scott.  His home Abbotsford House is open to the public and also a great place to visit.