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“Berwick Barracks and Main Guard” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Berwick upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard

Berwick upon-Tweed Barracks and Main Guard
Parade, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1DF, England
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Liverpool
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“Berwick Barracks and Main Guard”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I visited the Barracks and Main Guard for the second time, (1st time in 2010), and found it just as interesting . There are 3 main rooms (quite large) dealing with military history of the local regiment (The Kings Own Scottish Borderers, or KOSB), the liffe of the infantryman, and also a large amount of other non-miltary local history of Berwick. There is a large parade ground which is still used on various occasions by the army cadets (as the Barracks is still the 'spiritual' home of the KOSB, with old style cannons on display. Even for those with a limited amount of interest in military history it is quite a good museum. There are some restrictions for wheelchair users, as some of the rooms on the upper floors have no lifts, but there is plenty to see on the ground floors. There is an admission charge, but free to English Heritage memberrs. In my opinion it is a very good museum, and well worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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Somerset, England
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“Military History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

If you are interested in military history this is the place to visit to learn about the life of a British Infantryman and the King's Own Scottish Borderers.

The Main Guard is only small and now located on the quay. There are only two rooms - one for officers and one for soldiers and there is also a small cell for those who became rather inebriated.

There is also a display on the history of the town

Visited August 2012
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Cleckheaton
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“You need some time to do this one”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

My wife and I visited theses premises whilst spending a couple of days in the area. This is a must see. There are three museums to visit covering !st Scots Borders Regimental HQ, History of Warfare and History of Berwick on Tweed. All very interesting

Visited August 2012
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“Historically educational.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Easily spent 2/3hrs ambling round the exhibits. They are succinct, interesting and informative. In the end i didn't have enough time to visit the exterior properly. 10 /10.

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Arlington, Texas
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“Mr. Herbert- A Class Historian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We visited here in my quest for info on my ancestry, as one of my (supposed) ancestors survived the Seige of Red Hall and then later signed the Ragman Roll pledge of allegiance to the throne of England in Aug. 1296. Wow was this the right place! There were placards and artwork describing much of this, I believe put together by the curator Mr. Herbert whom we had the pleasure of meeting. He is absolutely a walking encyclopedia of detailed history of the area and a real enhancement to the place! We were bummed out that our teens didnt get to see it as they were resting in the hotelroom that Friday afternoon, and the museum is CLOSED ON THE WEEKENDS. Maybe another trip, and we hope Mr. Herbert will remain on staff for life!

Visited July 2012
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