Visit two stunning parks with spectacular views within the historic town of Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park are within walking distance of each other and are situated on both sides of the railway station, just a short walk into the town centre.
Restoration of Castle Vale and Coronation Parks has, with help from the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Funds, reinvigorated these little known gems near the centre of Berwick.
For more information on getting involved at the Berwick Parks visit Friends of Castle parks.
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Berwick has two stunning parks with a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
The ‘Castle Parks Trail’ will guide you along surfaced footpaths to the wonderful views you can enjoy from them!There are several information plaques and panels along the way which reveal much about Berwick’s fascinating past as you go, and plenty of seats for you to rest and take in the views – or why not take a picnic?
Both parks in Berwick scooped the top award in both categories at the Northumbria in Bloom awards 2019.
Castle Vale was awarded Gold again and Coronation Park Outstanding.
The whole circular trail route will take you about an hour. There is one steady climb back up from the river through Coronation Park. If you have less time (and can manage the steps) you can shorten the trail by following the other paths through Castle Vale Park back to where you started.
Download the Castle parks trail (pdf)
Find out about all the exciting things we have coming up at Castle Vale and Coronation Park
Download the Events programe for 2019 (pdf)
Interested in orienteering? At the Berwick Parks we have a wayfaring route through Castle Vale and Coronation Parks, which are recently rejuvenated and along the picturesque riverside. The route is a 'White standard' with amazing views.
Download the Orienteering course PDF
The management plan sets out the current position for Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park, and what can be expected in terms of maintenance and future development. It is intended to be a working document for all staff, volunteers and other stakeholders involved in the management and maintenance of the park.
Read the Castle Vale Park and Coronation Park management plan 2015-2019
This is Northumberland's most northerly formal park, just one acre in size, bordered to the north by Castle Terrace and to the south by a privately owned grazing field known as Tommy the Miller's Field. This park contains beautiful herbaceous borders, a modern pergola and traditional shelter where you can admire stunning views of the River Tweed and excellent views of the White Wall of Berwick Castle. Berwick Castle was demolished in the 1840s by the North British Railway to complete the railway line from Edinburgh to Berwick.
A sculpture trail was added in April 2018. The trail adds educational and imaginative play opportunities for children within the park, and features a robin atop a garden shovel, a mole digging its way out of the dirt, along with a sculpture of the iconic Berwick Bear, which is depicted on the town’s official crest, amongst many others.
A pipistrelle bat sculpture has also been erected, dedicated to the late Emma Evans, former parks development officer at Northumberland County Council who sadly died in 2017.
Follow the Castle parks trail by downloading the PDF
Work on the parks started in March 2013, with the tree contract, which removed some trees that were found to be dangerous, inappropriately planted or self-sown; crown lifting and crown clearing others to remove dead wood and improve views; and removing ivy from some trees. The main construction phase of the project started in November 2013, and was completed in time for the parks to be reopened by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland on 31st July 2014.
A Parks Development Officer has been appointed as part of the project and is responsible for organising and leading events, volunteer activities and school and group visits to the parks, as well as for much of the maintenance of the parks.
Parks for People is a funding programme administered by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by BIG Lottery which aims to regenerate parks of national, regional or local heritage for the value and enjoyment of local people. The programme offers grants of between £250,000 and £5 million for projects which involve existing urban or rural green spaces designed for informal recreation and enjoyment, which are valued by local communities as part of their heritage. The parks must be freely accessible to members of the public, and actively involve local people in their running and activities.
Castle Vale Park
Off Railway Street
Berwick upon Tweed
Off Castle Terrace
Berwick upon Tweed
Castle Vale Park is on the doorstep of Berwick train station, while Coronation Park is just a short walk further north.
Regular buses also stop at Berwick train station.
There is no car parking in either park.
A metered car park is located at Berwick train station.
Time limited on street parking is available at Castle Terrace.
For all enquiries contact Northumberland County Council
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