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 walk and views
Excellent way to go round Berwick. You can get a real sense of history with great views. Exposed drops mean children need to be watched!
A lovely way to get your 10,00 steps
We walked the walls twice on our visit to Berwick-upon-Tweed. The walk takes in some great views of both the river Tweed and the sea. We were very lucky with the weather and have some extraordinary photos of the sea mist just off the coast whilst we were in beautiful sunshine. The path has some interesting signage explaining the structures and history of the walls.
KevinSadler2364, Leicester, United Kingdom
Very ew English places have their walls intact, and even fewer have earth supported walls like those at Berwick. Take a stroll around them, stopping at the various points of interest to read the information boards, it's a nice way to spend an evening walk
Walls that were never attacked
938fjg, Ulverston, United Kingdom
Constructed in the 16th Century to defend Berwick against Scottish attack, the walls were never assaulted due to the Act of Union in 1603. We parked in the free car park and walked clockwise visiting all the bastions. The guide map says the walls are about a mile long but if you visit all the bastions it is more than that. Lots of information panels along the wall and apparently great views that we couldn't see due to the fog. There are no barriers on the bastions so ensure you don't slip over the edge. It would be more interesting if you could actually enter the fortifications like Dover Castle but I suppose H&S and cost preclude that.
Well worth it.
naughtyjohn1964, Sherfield On Loddon, United Kingdom
You can enjoy a lovely walk along these superb ramparts. Excellent signage, lots of variety. Benches for rests and snacks. Fantastic views. Walls brilliantly preserved. Unique and most enjoyable.