Berwick-upon-Tweed- At a glance

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

You’ll find this little hideaway in Northumberland, on the north east coast.

Climb to the top of Berwick's Elizabethan town walls for fine views across the wide sandy beaches to the North Sea and the Tweed estuary.

Don't miss Stephenson's famous viaduct bridge, hailed as one of the finest in the world.

You can reach Berwick-upon-Tweed from London in 3 hours 45 minutes, via a combination of train and bus.

The Sankey Viaduct is a railway viaduct is a designated Grade I listed building and has been described as being "the earliest major railway viaduct in the world".

In 1826, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company (L&MR) was authorised to construct the world's first intercity railway. One obstacle on the selected 50 km route between Liverpool and Manchester and was the Sankey Valley. The company's principal engineer, George Stephenson, designed the Sankey Viaduct for the double-track railway to traverse the valley and Sankey Canal with sufficient clearance for the masts and sails of the Mersey flats that used the canal.

The viaduct was built between 1828 and 1830, although work on the structure did not finish until the middle of 1833. On 15 September 1830, the viaduct was opened along with the Liverpool & Manchester railway. During 2015, Network Rail installed overhead line equipment as part of a wider electrification programme.

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