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 a walk, I used to go here every Sunday with my mum for a walk! Lovely and quite and peaceful!! (: lots of history and lovely scenery to take photos of
Magicrosie, Chichester, United Kingdom
walked around the full walls and down on to the pier on Saturday morning, peaceful and lovely walk. wonderful views and things to look at all the way along - would recommend
A bracing walk.
Shazdaw66, Durham, United Kingdom
Why not take a leisurely stroll around Berwick to get an excellent over all glance of the history and sights.
Jane T, Scarborough, United Kingdom
Decided to walk the walls on our last morning in Berwick upon Tweed. Great little walk lots of boards informing you of the history of the walls. The old guardhouse was very interesting.
Done this walk after breakfast whilst staying in Berwick, very well maintained with plenty of informative boards dotted along the walk, well worth a visit