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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Brilliant walk and tour.
Walked the walls several times during my stay and also went on Derek Sharman's tour. Worth doing that if you have time, meeting point is at the library/tourist information centre. As part of the tour, you get to go into places not normally open to the public e.g. gun powder building. Saw folk of all ages and abilities walking along the walls in all weathers. It's great they have been preserved, the views were fantastic.
143jc, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Berwick on Tweed proved an absolute delight. Took the Arriva X18 bus (with a guide commentary upstairs) - bus runs every 2 hours. Looked around the shops, and then walked around the town walls. The historical origins of the town became very real - this was a strategic and very fortified town. Surprised it’s a ‘wick’ and not a ‘burgh’. Good views across to Bamburgh Castle. A surprisingly gem - and very easy to reach on the X18 bus route. Will visit again as there was so much to see and explore here
A worthwhile diversion
benjaminw412, Durham, United Kingdom
This was discovered more by chance than by design; we had a wheelchair, a pram and two excitable kids so I was a little unconvinced of how far we'd get, but I'm glad we went. Certainly there's some steep bits if you walk all the way round, especially when trying to access the walls - so make sure you have plenty of people to help push prams and wheelchairs - but it's worth the effort. Nice views (although be careful of the drops) all the way round. When we got to the old bridge over the Tweed we went straight over and followed the riverside path all the way along, through an old ruin and then shortly after up a steep, winding path that brought us through the remains of the castle, into a picturesque part with some wooden sculptures and up above the station. Suggest you park in the B&M car park just up from the high street, where the Coop used to be.
S6243PPrichardg, Hornchurch, United Kingdom
A very nice walk around the walls with information boards. Beware there are some very steep banks so if you have children or dogs pay special attention. All is well kept and tidy a nice afternoon stroll.
Great views for a short walk
Richard J, Birmingham, United Kingdom
This is one area where notices to stay on the path is quite understated as a risk. The rounded grass tops to walls are deceptive. But a relatively short walk is rewarded by interesting history and different views /lovely scenery. Keep dogs and children close.