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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untouched and un spoilt
I thinks massive thanks to Berwick council and English Heritage for not spoiling this and leaving it as its always been, there is signs to warn you about the drop danger, but you can just feel the history as you walk around this stunning Elizabethan walls that surround the old town,
A nice walk
ianinteesside, Redcar, United Kingdom
A nice walk though it was far too hot the day i went at the end of July.Quite interesting but DO NOT venture near the edge of any wall,the drops are lethal. worth spending an hour or so walking around
Wall of death.
adamH3195UC, Nottingham, United Kingdom
The walk on the walls are dangerous, there is sheer drops that have no protection. I am surprised that Berwick has not been sued by the many people who have been seriously injured by falling over the edge and the many dog owners who's pets have fallen over the edge. Berwick should charge tourists to park in the car park and spend the money on appropriate safety barriers.
Wonderful history and stunning walk
B D, Washington DC, District of Columbia
This is one of those places that wouldn't know to go to unless you knew to go there or like us, from the USA, just stumbled upon it. After the hustle of London this village seemed a good location for our other day trips but little did we realize the walls there and other little bits would fascinate us so much! Our 11 year old simply asked, "Can we move here?" The walk around the city has plaques discussing the history and purpose of various parts of the wall and the kids can get out all that energy with the sea air cleaning out the lungs. "Sure, run ahead but mind the drop!" as the parents stroll along and decompress from the travels. Imaginations ran wild!!! And any military history buff would enjoy it as well.
jackpotjonny, Glasgow, United Kingdom
A brilliant experience walking around the town walls. It takes around an hour to complete. Information boards on the walk and stunning views