Berwick Harbour’s new landing pontoon unlocks Northumberland’s ancient gems

Berwick's pontoon can be reached using tenders Berwick's pontoon can be reached using tenders

A new landing pontoon inside Berwick Harbour’s Tweed dock is now operational and can be reached by cruise ship passengers via tenders.

 

 

 

Local visitor attractions around ancient Berwick include the town’s surrounding and completely intact Elizabethan Walls built in 1558 and its Lowry Trail and barracks.

Northumberland is rich with castles and stately homes with key historical attractions including Bamburgh Castle and the village of Bamburgh or Lindisfarne - reached across a causeway at low water.

Visitors can explore the island’s 16th century castle, 7th century Priory and St Aidan’s Winery, which produces Lindisfarne Mead. Other local attractions include Alanwick Garden with its contemporary theme and treetop walkways and a poison”garden among other features.

Castles and stately homes

Medieval Alanwick Castle, used for interior and exterior shots in the Harry Potter movie is about half an hour away. The castle has many Harry Potter inspired events through the year.

Floors Castle is an 18th century country house with a collection of fine art, porcelain and newly restored tapestries.

Highlights of Manderston country estate and house include its opulent staterooms, a silver staircase, marble hall and acres of formal gardens.

Farne-islands now owned by the National Trust is a group of islands off the north east coast that are home to wildlife including puffins, atlantic grey seals, arctic terns and eider ducks. Wildlife watching Boat trips from the village of Seahouses are available.

Kielder Water and Forest Park features trails for mountain bikers and walkers, waterside activities and an Observatory.

Salmon fishing

The 900-year-old tradition of salmon fishing on the River Tweed is located only 100 metres from the landing pontoon at Tweed Dock. The only salmon net fishing station using cobles left in the UK. Experience days are available, working as part of the team in this ancient tradition for a day. Visitors can have their catch prepared at a local restaurant or back on board their cruise vessel.

Northumberland National Park is the northernmost national park in England and features the Cheviot Hills, Kielder water and one hour away is Hadrian’s Wall.

Chain Bridge or Union bridge is the oldest suspension bridge in the world still carrying road traffic. The bridge crosses the Tweed and the England - Scotland border is halfway across the bridge. On the English side only 200mtr from the bridge is Chain Bridge honey - a honey farm that produces both honey and beeswax products. A popular display is the observation hive where a living colony of bees can be viewed behind glass. There is a shop and visitor centre, plus a vintage vehicles and memorabilia museum and garden. The vintage vehicles include a red London bus which could be used to take passengers to/from the Honey farm.

River trips up the Tweed and Sea Trips are available, with dolphin watching in Berwick bay.

Posted 14 June 2019

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Michelle Winny

Deputy Editor, Seatrade Cruise News/Seatrade Cruise Review