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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Walk along the wall
Whilst this is a English Heritage Site, there is no charge for entry & open to every one. This site has information boards which give an insight to how the various buildings & large defence guns were used. Even if this type of history is of no interest to you, the area is a very pleasant site to take a walk around with excellent views of Berwick-upon-Tweed & out to sea.
Keep dog on a lead!
Lakeland5, Cumbria, United Kingdom
A lovely walk around Berwick with good views and information boards along the way.Make sure you keep,your dog on a lead as there are some steep drops from the walls.Well maintained paths .All in all a great historical walled town.
Walking the walls
Macpatica, Stockport, United Kingdom
Great to do on a nice day. Loads of information on the history of the town... a lovely walk and a great way to see the town.
Cracking way to see Englands First Town
A super way to, see the town of Berwick . A brisk 25 minutes or a gentle 45 minute stroll taking in the town, the river estuary and the coastline out as far as Bamburgh and Holy Island. Just be sure to keep dogs and small children under control / on leads as these are real fortifications. Fallingfor them is O.K. Falling of the is o.k. BUT THE SUDDEN STOP ON THE OTHER SIDE!!!!!!! Enjoy- you can cut in and out of the town in upteen places
A necessary activity when visiting Berwick!
Sue M, Stockport, United Kingdom
Fantastic views whilst walking these walls with lots of information en route about the history. Part of the Lowry trail too. Well maintained & good markings about the steep would be dangerous parts