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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Love the ramparts
christine0253, North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Every year when we come to berwick our first destination is the ramparts we get on alongside the barracks and walk right round to the town centre it's a lovely walk looking over the estuary the old fortresses and overlooking the 3 bridges it brings you out at the start of the first bridge near the leaping salmon restaurant which used to be a weatherspoons but has apparently been bought over by another pub chain
A great way to kill a morning or afternoon in Berwick upon Tweed
Carol H, Peterborough, United Kingdom
If you're stuck for something to do in Berwick upon Tweed, take a wander around the City walls. We had a couple of hours to kill and ended up walking right around the town along the walls and pier. A lovely walk in itself and particularly interesting if you follow the 'Lowry' trail.
Ken H, Guisborough, United Kingdom
How the heck did they manage to make defences like this with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow? That is the question, 1,000s of tons of earth and stone built to a very complex plan, it is wonderful. Built to protect the town this is a grand walk seeing the town from all angles, views across the river, out to sea and of the railway bridge, grand. Wear strong shoes, it is a Tarmac path, but you can go of piste to the gun platforms. A word of warning there are unprotected drops of 20 feet, so keep the kids and dogs close!
Walk apron the city walls
billt1958, Moe, Australia
The original wall was built in the 1200's and extended higher later on ,you can walk right around the old town on the walls and great views of the old town and river mouth allow a couple of hours to do the walk and remember to watch out for the information boards along the way
Worth the effort difficult access
paperlace1, Barnsley, United Kingdom
I was so surprised to find that the walls had wheelchair access. I think that the tourism organisers in the area are really missing a trick buy not signing the accessible routes onto the wall. I suggest that this walk is assisted access because some parts are steep. I did the route on a mobility scooter and really enjoyed the experience. The information boards around the route give you a different understanding or berwick upon tweed. You can access the walls at different places some on foot and some with parking. You can also include the town centre and shopping. Berwick upon Tween is not the best place for wheelchair/ mobility scooter users. Drop kerbs are few and far between. Many of the pavements are narrow and so many of the shops have made NO EFFORT to accommodate wheelchair users. Their are lots of places to eat but very few have disabled access making this town a difficult place to visit if you are a wheelchair user. They do not have a shop mobility scheme either