The gorgeous town of Berwick-upon-Tweed straddles the border between England and Scotland. Located just two and a half miles from the current Scottish border, Berwick-upon-Tweed has changed its allegiance thirteen times over the centuries. Having been fiercely fought over due to its strategic importance, the town eventually fell to the English in 1482, when a great wall was built around the town to prevent the Scots from invading. Berwick-upon-Tweed is therefore a fantastic option for those looking to take in some UK history on their large cottage holiday.
Berwick's ties to Scotland remain close, and it has the dubious honour of being the only English town to have a team playing in the Scottish professional football leagues. Why not take in a match on your last minute cottage holiday? On May 1st of each year, a celebration of Berwick's unique town boundaries takes place with a cavalcade of horsemen and women riding through the town. Make sure not to miss it! Much of Berwick's attractions are based around its past, and there are many walks on offer which give an awesome sense of Berwick's place in the history between the two now united kingdoms. However, for how much longer? Big Cottages also recommend the numerous contemporary outdoor pursuits on offer in Berwick, as the town has a great selection of activities available such as horse-riding, sailing, shooting and cycling to keep you entertained on your group getaway.