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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Impressive History, Interesting remains and Well Interpreted
Rossergruffydd, Glasgow, United Kingdom
The largest project of the Elizabethan era and incomplete, although the impressive and substantial remains don't give that impression. Very well restored / preserved and plenty of direction signs, interpretation boards, paths, etc. Some great views of the harbour, town and even the well tended allotments! Good exercise following the paths and along the way you encounter the Berwick Barracks, the Cromwellian parish church, etc.
Excellent way to see Berwick and its surroundings
Robin T, Nottingham
Walking around the walls is an excellent way to get good views of Berwick and of the sea and the river Tweed etc, whilst also getting a little exercise, but anybody who's nervous of heights might be better advised to explore the interesting lower-level paths.
Well worth a visit
Lee J, Rossendale, United Kingdom
Well worth a walk around the walls providing weather is dry and not too windy. Keep any small children close as some parts unfenced with large drops. Takes about 45 mins to to a full circular walk.
Relaxing stroll through history
Pogwig, East Yorkshire, UK
What is better than an autumn stroll in the crisp sunshine along the old walls. You can hop on an off the walls all around the town. Enjoy the sea views and the history that is dotted along the walls. Information boards help you identify some of the old buildings that you see along the way. Lots of benches for when your feet start to ache.
Just a delight and a mystery
urbandweller250, Sunderland, United Kingdom
I've just been reading about the history of Berwick and The Borders. I love that this place has not been ultra touristy-ied and done to death by Health & Safety. Still an edgy place! The more you know of Berwick's history before you go the better - It's awesome. I mean that in the old meaning of awesome!