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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Great for dog walking
The walls walk is great for dogs. Lovely open space to run and a good few hours of activity . Info boards along the way and lots to see.
The must, and only thing to do in Berwick
Neil H, Bath, United Kingdom
Unless you are interested in Georgian military architecture, Berwick on Tweed is somewhat of a disappointment. The exception were the town walls, which are genuinely interesting, even for a non military person such as my wife. Overall, we spent a couple of hours here, which, to be honest, is enough.
Very well kept
RDW29, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Impressed with the upkeep of the walls - a credit to the town. Great to have an elevated view on the town centre and harbour The complaints about risk of dogs etc falling off, of course they can but individuals have to have some personal responsibility.
Would definitely recommend!
Charlotte W, Manchester, United Kingdom
As a group of seven (with a dog!) We wanted to go out for a walk. We decided to try the elizabethan walls for a 10 minute walk. In the end, we ended up walking for a few hours! The walls have benches along with great seaside views and also a park further along! Free to access, wheelchair accessible. Pet friendly, great day out!
You can circumnavigate the town
lonewolf44, London, United Kingdom
As Berwick was fought over so much it needed fortification, not least in Elizabethan times when there were fears that the Scots might proclaim Elizabeth's cousin Mary as the rightful queen. The walls now surround most of the town and you can circumnavigate it in about 30 minutes by just following the path round. At times you're walking on the wall itself, but mostly you are on grassy banks which offer great views across the Tweed estuary towards Lindisfarne and the Farne Islands and beyond. There's not a huge amount to see but it's a nice enough walk (though watch out on windy days as the wind coming off the North Sea can be stronger than you think).