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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KMc528789, Bury, United Kingdom
A walk around the walls of Berwick rewards you in so many ways. Great views of the river and the swans, some beautiful buildings, amazing engineering and fascinating history. The scale of the walls is really impressive. Well worth the effort.
Great place for a walk to air the cobwebs, easy to find and navigate and a little bit of history too.
Super walk round town and overlooking the Tweed
Sue C, Barnetby le Wold, United Kingdom
Really good paths and marvellous views all round Berwick and the River. Call in at the Barracks for all the local history. Very interesting.
Fun walk and good views
Nice way to walk off a full dinner! Start at the lowest gate and walk all the way around. Good views, nice gardens to eavesdrop on,
izzi2112, Doncaster, United Kingdom
The wall has information about it, when and why it was built and you get some good views of the town, it take about an hour to wall all the way round