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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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
10/01/2019

A must do for any visitor to Berwick


bdon257, Morpeth, United Kingdom
The Elizabethan town walls are almost unique in their scope and state of preservation. They make an excellent walk around the town and offer such amazing views and panoramas of the town, the river Tweed it’s bridges and out to sea. It is a stunning example of defensive architecture.
tripadvisor
06/01/2019

relaxing walk


StockportBanny, stockport
great simple relaxing walk around the outskirts of the town great views and bits of history for you to read along the way interesting and educational
tripadvisor
27/12/2018

Thought-provoking...


Annette J, United Kingdom
An enlightening walk, well-managed with information boards at various points. It may be worth getting guidance from the Tourist Information Centre beforehand, especially if you are particularly interested in specific areas. I walked the sections close to the beach and golf course in a gale force wind, and loved the expansive views. There are some extremely steep (nigh vertical) drops, so please take care if you have children or dogs with you. Also, be careful in high winds on the exposed stretches.
tripadvisor
07/12/2018

A tremendous asset to the town.


johnhouston2, Knaresborough, United Kingdom
Not only do these impressive walls provide historical interest; they also provide pleasant walking with splendid views of the river, the sea, and the town itself. Can’t imagine tiring of walking here.
tripadvisor
29/11/2018

Nice walk


Gadabouts95, Grantham, United Kingdom
The walls are impressive and must have been quite a feat of engineering at the time of their construction. There are a few access points to the walls so you can choose to walk all of it or just a section. There are some information boards along the way telling the history. Views are good both out to sea and into the town. Weather wasn't great when we visited so would like to return on a sunny day and explore more. One point was that the town map we had showed a car park as long term and it is now short term. Long term car parks were full although you can get 3 hours free parking in a short term with the parking disc.
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URL: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berwick-upon-tweed-castle-and-ramparts/


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