Berwick's town walls are its most famous piece of architecture and still stand strong today, hundreds of years after they were built. Berwick actually has two sets of walls, the first set (of which only fragments now remain), commenced by Edward I, was two miles long. The later Elizabethan Walls (which are still complete) are a mile and a-quarter in length. The ramparts completely surround the town, with four gates through which entry to the town is enabled.
Berwick's Elizabethan Walls are the only example of bastioned town walls in Britain and one of the best preserved examples in Europe. When built in 1558 - designed to keep out the marauding Scots who regularly laid claim to the town - it was the most expensive undertaking of England's Golden Age.
The walls were built to an Italian design and contained bastions which were designed to allow gunfire covering every part of the wall. Outside the curtain wall and bastions, there were wide water-filled ditches to deter potential invaders.Walking around the town walls takes about 45 minutes and is a great way to discover Berwick's turbulent history You can also take in stunning views over the town and look out towards the wide sandy beaches of the North Sea and the Tweed estuary with its colony of mute swans.
Many of The Lowry Trail panels are on the Walls - Follow in L.S.Lowry's footsteps as you explore the town.
The ramparts are open all year round - entry is free.
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Interesting walk with a guide
Tony R, Alton, United Kingdom
We went round the Elizabethan fortifications on a guided walk which leaves from the public library in Walkergate daily at 11 a.m. The walk is led by local historian Derek Sharman and what he doesn't know about Berwick is not worth knowing.
Interesting walk along the old walls, with some good views. Kept two young kids interested for an hour, firing imaginary canons at boats and tourists.
mike w, Leicester, United Kingdom
This a lovely walk that I have no problems recommending. Lovely views and lots of history. If you have kids you you need to keep your wit's about you. Big drops with no barriers in some parts.
A unique experience in England
Bill H, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Walking the city walls (ramparts) at Berwick is a unique and fascinating experience in England. They represent the height of Elizabethan military architecture and were constructed at astronomical cost but never had to withstand an attack from the Scots or (potentially) the French. Even if you're not a fan of military architecture, the views of town, river and sea and the fresh air and exercise (before a well-earned ice cream) are a perfect experience on a summer's day. These are military ramparts, so there are sheer 6-metre drops on the outer walls and those with children should take due care.
Amazing history and views
The walls are well kept with informative signs at various locations around them. There are some great views and they're great for a leisurely stroll.