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 short walk around historic town
Took an evening stroll around the wall before dinner after completing the Northumberland Coast Path. Well preserved and with great views all round.
He old toon
If visiting Berwick upon Tweed have a walk around the famous Elizabethan walls the views are great ,1) start point is at the very old bridge ,rummer has it Jimmy Strength carried his horse and cart over it for a bet ,first built on wool then washed away,then oak piles ,now arched sandstone that as you look north you takin 2other bridges walk left along the sandstone path takes you along the flow of the Tweed that runs to the North Sea ,pass the old raised view point you have a spectacular view on going is the old cannon that fought off the amarda(wish) round the corner start climbing on to the gunpowder store ,looking on to the lion house ,upward take in the bastion,and swing park ,then gymnasium gallery backing on to the very old KOSB barracks (worth a look keep going takes you onto beach right , left takes you upto the old camp ,this is 1 of three walks , around this historic old town which has a mayor elect every year ,
Sue G, Taunton, England, United Kingdom
Absolutely brilliant guided walk with Derek, organised through Tourist Information Office situated in the Library. Went to places not able to visit unless you were with Derek. Would highly recommend this walk. Meets at the library 11am
briangalasky, North Walsham, United Kingdom
Really pleased we made the effort to take in this walk. Although it was a cold and windy day, the stunning views made it worthwhile. Would definitely recommend.
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gammond2015, Inverness, United Kingdom
We contacted the Tourist Information Centre in Berwick to book a guided walk round the walls with Derrick. It lasted ninety minutes and included visits into one of the bastions, the gunpowder store and what was a commercial ice house. Non of these you would have access to without the guide. We found more out about Berwick than we could have done with guide books.