Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls

Town Walls
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1BN

01670 622155

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Overview

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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Ticketing and entry prices for Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls

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Free 1
£0.00
per ticket
No admission charge.

Dates & times for Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls, Berwick-upon-Tweed

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Open all year.
 
The Elizabethan Walls are open all year round and can be walked at any time during daylight hours.
 at Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls Historic sites Attraction Wheelchair friendly
Ramp access at various points. Tarmac path around the Walls is accessible for buggies, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Some steep hills and care must be taken not to get close to the edge.
Picnic area at Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls Historic sites Attraction Picnic area
Childrens facilities at Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls Historic sites Attraction Childrens facilities
Children's playpark just off the Walls at Flagstaff park. Do not allow children too close to the edges of the Walls.
Child / family friendly at Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls Historic sites Attraction Family friendly
Children's playpark just off the Walls at Flagstaff park. Do not allow children too close to the edges of the Walls.
Guided Tours at Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls Historic sites Attraction Guided Tours
Dogs / pets allowed at Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls Historic sites Attraction Pet friendly
Dogs should be kept on leads and not allowed too close to the edge of the Walls.
Walker friendly at Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls Historic sites Attraction Walker friendly
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tripadvisor
13/07/2019

Lovely walk


28SAC, Cala d'Or, Spain
Well worth a walk around the walls with plenty of benches along the way to have a little rest and take in the views. Some very nice small park areas along the route and good information boards as you walk around, took us under 2 hours with a few stops along the way.
tripadvisor
11/07/2019

Be careful


grslfc76,
Nice little place, with some nice places to eat and drink and we stayed in a lovely Airbnb on Bridge street. Our visit could of been so much different within the first few hours of arriving. Whilst having a walk round the walls with our dog we were not expecting the sheer drop of these walls it’s only luck that nothing serious happened with the dog. Signs warning people need to be renewed and better placed. Just read other people’s reviews and this seems to be a common occurrence. Don’t let this review put you off visiting Berwick-upon-Tweed, it is lovely little place, please just take care.
tripadvisor
11/07/2019

Scenic historic walk


DMK1001, Rotherham, United Kingdom
We are members of English Heritage and headed to Berwick upon tweed in order to visit the Berwick barracks but was pleasantly surprised to find this located in an interesting town with really friendly and helpful local people, including the traffic wardens! Free parking is available in many car parks when displaying a permit (purchased for £1). You just need to check out the length of stay at each car park as they vary. We walked around the walls taking in great views of the town, harbour and bridges. There are information boards at a number of points of interest along the way. An enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
tripadvisor
06/07/2019

Excellent hsitoric walk


sujocaha12, Muskego, Wisconsin
We took the walk on these historic walls. There were a lot of signs explaining many of the historic aspects of it. We got to see the old parts of the city and the harbor from the walls. Do as little or as much of it as you want, it is free and there is a lot of parking.
tripadvisor
03/07/2019

Enjoy the Walls.


JobFox03, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
The walls built on the orders of Queen Elizabeth the first are complete and give a great view of the town, it's defences, where the moats were, the town barracks etc. Lovely views over the river tweed at it's mouth. A must see.
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URL: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berwick-upon-tweed-castle-and-ramparts/


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