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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Trip to Berwick
Paul C, Oakham, United Kingdom
We only went to do some pre Christmas shopping at Morrisons but having done that we spent the best part of three hours walking the old town walls. I hadn't expected too much but was very pleasantly surprised. It was very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable and the, people we met on the walk, mainly dog walkers- we had our dog, were so friendly. The town itself was bustling with late Christmas shoppers. If you are in the area make sure you allow yourself time to visit, you won't regret it.
Excellent and interesting walk.
Nick S, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
This is well worth doing - even in part - as it tells you a lot about the history of the town and is very picturesque and interesting. These walls are the best of their kind in England and unique in all respects. The view is amazing and there are helpful noticeboards all along the route. In addition to telling you about the history of the border town it also gives you information about LS Lowry and his love for Berwick and where he painted a few of his pictures. Recommended.
Magicrosie, Chichester, United Kingdom
Visit Berwick each year to visit family, this is a beautiful walk with amazing views, well worth a go
Extremely well maintained
Aimee S, Bourne, United Kingdom
This is a pleasant walk around the town with excellent views on walls that extremely well maintained
Ethan E, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
I really like the walks that go near the car park and the beach. The walks lead to near the castle and railway bridge.