Enjoy our beautiful area

Enjoy our beautiful area

Enjoy our beautiful area

The beautiful unspoilt coastline, designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, together with the River Tweed and Cheviot Hills, which are all on our doorstep and combine to make this a most memorable destination. The visitor to Berwick upon Tweed will find West Coates an excellent base from which to visit a variety of interesting places in the region all year round.

Berwick boasts the finest example of Elizabethan Fortifications which surround the town and make for an excellent and fascinating walk. The famous walls took 12 years to build and protected the town from both the Scottish and English armies. Being on the main East railway line our own Royal Border Bridge is also a world famous architectural gem.

There are numerous local attractions including the famous Border Abbeys, historic Castles including Alnwick, Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, Norham and Floors also celebrated country houses such as Manderston, Paxton, Abbotsford and Mellerstain.

A must visit are Holy Island (Lindisfarne ) and the Farne Isles, which are home to thousands of nesting seabirds including the ever popular puffins. On the seabird theme North Berwick is also a short journey north where the largest colony of Gannets can be viewed.

West Coates


Berwick Ramparts

Walk around this Elizabethan defence system that is unsurpassed in Europe. It also affords a delightful view of this coastal town….. Find out more


Ford & Etal Estates

Etal Castle - 3
Lying only ten minutes away, this stunning rural estate offers the visitor historical monuments, nature reserves…..Find out more

Berwick Barracks

Visit England’s first purpose–built barracks which now houses the complex of museums including The Borough Museum, English Heritage and KOSB… Find out more

Castles of the Region

Floors Castle
The largest inhabited castle in Scotland is home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe and their family….Find out more
Warkworth Castle
Standing on a hill and dominating the village of Warkworth, the dramatic ruins provide an evocative image of medieval…Find out more
Alnwick Castle
A magnificent border fortress dating back to the 11th Century, extensively restored by Robert Adam …..Find out more
Bamburgh Castle
Stunning coastal castle on the site from which Angle Kings once ruled Northumbria. The present 11th century castle was a Norman stronghold ….Find out more

Stately Homes

Manderston is the supreme country house of Edwardian Scotland; the swan-song of its era….Find out more
Superb Georgian House by William and Robert Adam with exquisite plaster ceilings, beautiful period furniture….Find out more
Paxton House is a hidden gem. Built by the Adam brothers in 1758 for Patrick Home it is perhaps the finest example…Find out more
Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe…..Find out more

Abbeys of the Borders

Kelso Abbey
Built in 1128 and the years following, Kelso Abbey was one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture. …. Find out more
Dryburgh Abbey
Dryburgh sits by the Tweed, its remarkably complete medieval ruins making it easy to appreciate the attractions of the monastic life ….Find out more
Melrose Abbey
Founded by St Aidan in about A.D. 660, it’s first prior was St Boisil who was succeeded by St Cuthbert …..Find out more
Jedburgh Abbey
The Abbey’s grand design was inspired by Europe’s magnificent churches, and was founded in 1138 by David I…. Find out more