Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls

Town Walls
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
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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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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
17/05/2019

pefect


Angela H, Ambleside, United Kingdom
The walls are actually grass ramparts going round 3 sides of Berwick-upon-Tweed. They are in excellent condition, easily accessible with lots of interesting information. And crucially, not too long so you can get round them in a reasonable time. You get a delightful view over the town and the sea and as Berwick is quite compact you are never far from the centre.
tripadvisor
12/05/2019

History Society visit


Malcolm M, Haddington, United Kingdom
This was part of our visit. We were fortunate to have an excellent and knowledgeable guide- who was also entertainingly amusing and with lots of tales to tell and with a formidable surveyor's knowledge. The walk is fairly lengthy, but doable for the not-so-young. however, in parts it is a little exposed to easterly winds and wrapping up well is adviseable.
tripadvisor
04/05/2019

Outstanding Elizabethan Defensive Town Walls


Ruth5757, St Helens, United Kingdom
Berwick's Town walls are an outstanding example of their type and are unusual in incorporating lengthy portions of strongly built earthworks. They did their job of keeping out the Scots exceedingly well. They survive in surprisingly good condition and can be walked along for much of their length providing extensive views of the town, the sea and the surrounding Northumbrian countryside,
tripadvisor
24/04/2019

A sight to be seen


HelenR256, Peak District, United Kingdom
What an incredible feat of engineering! The walls and the bastions are just incredible. There are steep drops, but am thankful that these are not cordoned off as that would completely ruin the spectacle. Just keep your children and dogs under control! Walk around is under 1.5 miles, and a nice stroll with some spectacular views and a couple of cannons. However, the bastions have to be the most incredible bit! Apparently there is a Berwick Open Day annually when the Bastions themselves are open. To those that have posted bad reviews, your dog should be on a lead, not least to ensure that they are not fouling areas. Am not entirely sure why such an incredible construction should be covered in fencing because you can't control your dog.
tripadvisor
20/04/2019

Great Pre-Easter Walk


rayp775, Ipswich, United Kingdom
Arrived mid-afternoon and wandered around the walls taking in the differing views as we made our way around the town on a lovely sunny afternoon. The paths are easy to navigate making this ideal for all abilities and highlight the history and strategic importance of the town during times of conflict across the centuries.
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URL: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berwick-upon-tweed-castle-and-ramparts/


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