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The best way to get a feel for Berwick and its history is to take a walk.It takes about an hour to walk around the town’s famous defensive walls.These fortifications replaced the wall built on the orders of Edward II in the early 1300s to keep out the invading Scots.Little remains of the 14th-century fortifications, but the replacement walls, built in the 1550s during the reign of Elizabeth I, are the most complete example left today.Motoring from either of the two cities takes approximately one hour.The Queen’s Head Hotel boasts en-suite accommodation and quality dining, with much of its produce grown locally.

Berwick is on the main east coast rail line between London and Edinburgh and most trains stop here.

There is also an hourly train service from Edinburgh and Newcastle.

By road, Berwick lies just off the A1, 57 miles south of Edinburgh and 63 miles north of Newcastle, both of which have airports.

It contains the old gaol and is open to the public. Unusual for a town hall, the building is capped by a spire and bells that ring out the curfew each night at 8 p.m. A common form of punishment from the 14th century, they were used for the public humiliation of minor offenders.

Today’s incarnation are a replica of the originals.