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The local area guide to living in Berwick Upon Tweed

Based in Northumberland County, Berwick upon Tweed is just 2.5 miles away from the Scottish border. This positioning made it a key city during the border war between Scotland and England – the history behind the dramatic walls that offer a spectacular view of the River Tweed. You can also see the Royal Border Bridge, which is one of three bridges connecting the town with Tweedmouth.

As a Georgian market town, Berwick upon Tweed’s economy has previously been supported by a thriving trade of wool and Salmon, while the short hour-long drive to Edinburgh makes it a popular commuter town.

The town’s architecture is made up of charming pink sandstone houses and red-tiled rooftops, contrasted by historic barrack buildings and defence ramparts. This unusual look and bohemian atmosphere has attracted a community of artists, as does the annual music and media arts festival. The picturesque scenery, often considered the best in the region, also draws a large number of tourists.

Information about the local residents

Berwick upon Tweed is within commuting distance of both Newcastle and Edinburgh, making it a popular dormitory town. Within the town itself, the service sector is the primary source of employment, with approximately 60% of jobs held in retail, catering and hospitality, health care and financial services. Around 13% of other roles are in manufacturing, 10% are in agriculture and 8% are in construction.

Nearby schools

Berwick upon Tweed is one of a few areas to maintain the three-tier school system, with first schools, middle schools and high schools.

First schools cater to children aged up to nine years, and include Holy Trinity Church of England School, Tweedmouth Prior Park and Spittal Community School.

Students then attend secondary or middle school, with the largest middle school in the area – Berwick Middle School – taking pupils aged between nine and 13 years. The alternative options are Tweedmouth School or Berwick Academy, which specialises in sports, art and outdoor education, it also has an attached Sixth Form. For a cohesive education experience, an independent school for boys and girls aged four to 18 years – Longridge Towers School, which accepts boarders and day pupils.

Students can take further education courses at Northumberland College, or study at degree level with the renowned University of Edinburgh.

Getting around

The easiest access to Berwick upon Tweed for motorists is via the A1, which spans the length of the country and links the town with the major cities of Edinburgh and London. There’s also access to the M6 via the A66 or the A69, and easy access to the A19.

For rail travel, the town has its own station with regular connections running to London King’s Cross station in the south, as well as Aberdeen in the north. Other public transport options include a frequent coach service that runs to Newcastle as well as serving the town and its surrounding areas.

For international travel, both Durham Tees Valley International Airport and Newcastle International Airport are within easy reach.

Local shops

There’s no shortage of shopping options in Berwick upon Tweed, with the high street hosting a range of chain shops and big retailers, and Mary Gate serving as another retail hub. There is also a market running Wednesdays and Saturdays for all sorts of fashion, homewares and accessories, as well as a farmer’s market held on the last Sunday of each month.

Other entertainment options include the Arts Centre, which puts on regular exhibitions and performances, and the Maltings Theatre. Both of these are also venues involved in the annual Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, which takes place in September and is also spread across The Barrels Ale House, the Prison Cells in the Town Hall and The Gymnasium Gallery at Berwick Barracks.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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