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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Super walk with views
Really enjoyed our evening walk around Berwick on Tweed from the elevated walls around the town. A pretty little town in a lovely coastal location unfolded with Links to Lowry
tracey m, Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
A lovely walk on a nice day, you can walk right around walls of the town past the quayside and Barracks which you can stop and visit on your walk.
Great views on both sides
Berwick's defensive walls and bastions are not just wonderfully intact, but are worth walking round just to get a great feel for the town's location and main areas. The views are great, both near and far, and it's a good way to get introduced to this fascinating town. Walking round takes about a hour, and do note there are some sheer drops!
Works on all levels
If you are local or visitor, into history, like a walk or looking at views. This freebie has nothing not to like.
Great for views of the city and the water
Lorraine A, Exeter, United Kingdom
Starting at the car park, we mounted the wall and eventually managed the whole wall, though we did find it was on 2 levels and had to walk quite a way to get up on to the top level which gave the best views. There were some steep drops in some places, but it was a great experience. Lots of dog-walkers around and friendly people to chat to.