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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187047PeterR, Gloucester, United Kingdom
The Elizabethan walls around the town are a real joy. Lovely walk, great views and lots of history which is well documented on easy to read signage
Not to be missed
hannahharris, Cardiff, United Kingdom
This is a brilliant walk with fantastic views and stop off places of interest on a circular route all round the town . The architecture of the magnificent old houses along the way is a joy. Look out for the old custom house and the barracks,governors residence, the various churches and parts of the Lowry trail. It is easy to access from the street near to the long term carpark, and it is free to park too . You can take it easy, the paths are wide and the walk is a comfortable one. Access is via steps which might be a problem for some.
If you are doing the Lowry trail you will go along these walls. It’s a lovely circle around the town and you can stop off at the Barack’s and the park on the way. Lovely if you take a picnic to stop as you go along
RandM30, Brisbane, Australia
If staying in the area (eg Bamburgh) it's worth a trip to walk around these walls. Taking our time and reading all the information, it took us nearly 1.5 hours, but obviously can be done in less time at a brisk pace. The walls offer great views, both into town and out to the areas beyond. Information boards provide lots of good reading material about the various things to see, and provide a historical context to the walls. Don't know about the city itself - we didn't bother with it, as we are not big city fans.
Peter R, Dartford, United Kingdom
During our recent break in Berwick we walked all the way around the walls of the town, which took us about an hour. There are information boards at various point on the walls which provided interesting details about the nearby area and buildings. The walkways were well maintained and as other writers have mentioned in places there are some steep drops either side, but nothing to be worried about.