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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About an hour's worth of amble in beautiful surroundings
Penny G, London, England, United Kingdom
The old town walls make for a beautiful experience as they take the visitor from the sea round to the river and along the Lowry trail. It is possible to see dolphins and seals down by the beach, and photos of the lighthouse, the railway and other bridges and the river itself can be a really artistic experience.
history, history, history.
Gerry L, Mackay
This is a charming and reviewing walk which is gentle enough for all age groups. The commentary boards are a great source of information about the history of Berwick.
Guided walk with Derek
Lifeis55, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Have 'walked the walls' several times on previous visits to Berwick and thoroughly enjoyed it, but today we decided to take up the suggestion of going on a guided tour & we were not disappointed! Our guide Derek was quite happy to take us, despite we 2 being the only customers. His extensive knowledge & experience made it a very interesting tour. He has the keys to several places en route which enables you to see inside areas which are not usually open to the public. Thoroughly recommend it.
Nice walk on a blustery day
Sandra and Alan S, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We accessed the Walls from the path beside the Barracks and you immediately get a sense of the scale of these walls and the great views out to the North Sea. Helpful information boards explain the history of various points. Despite the wind, it was a nice brisk stroll along the top of the walls and an easy stroll back towards the Town Centre.
delightful walk no matter what the weather
JOHN04LEEDS, Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
Walked round the wonderful walls (yet again) today and was particularly struck by the way in which the wild flowers - buttercups and cow parsley to name but a few - have been left for all to enjoy and have not been cut down. The views from these walls are spectacular - particularly on a clear day - can see all the way down the coast to Bamburgh and Lindisfarne castles - as well as the stunning mouth of the River Tweed and the Spittal beach beyond. Also, some wonderful views of historic Berwick town itself.