Bankhill Ice House

Bankhill Icehouse, Bankhill, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1BE.

The Icehouse was built around 1786 - 1799 to store ice for Berwick's salmon trade.

This icehouse was one of several built in Berwick in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
The ice was used for packing fish, particularly salmon, in crates to be transported to London. It was sourced locally if the winter had been severe enough, but usually was imported from Norway. The blocks were carefully stored in layers with sawdust laid between the blocks to prevent them from freezing into a solid mass. Icehouses were still being used in the 1930s.
In the Second World War it was used as an air-raid shelter, and later as a garage. It is a Grade II listed building that was restored by Berwick Preservation Trust.

Bankhill Ice House

Event Times

Friday 17 September: 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 18 September: 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 19 September: 11:00 - 15:00

Booking Details

No booking required

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

The Ice-house is on a steep hill. Contact for the day: Berwick Heritage Open Days - 07966 323231

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Walk up the hill from Love Lane - entrance on the right hand side. Alternatively, walk down the hill from Golden Square under the Royal Tweed Bridge.

Organised by

Berwick Heritage Open Days and Berwick Preservation Trust