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
13/04/2019

Berwick-on-Tweed


Neil B,
Great place for a holiday it must be as the population is around 12000 but swells to over 45000 in the holiday period. One of 2 walled towns in the UK the other is York. York is larger with more shops and attraction but Berwick has the walk around the walls and great beaches. It is central with approx 60 miles to Edinburgh and 60 miles to Newcastle, with the Scottish Borders only a few miles away with all the history of the Border Raiders. Well worth a visit.
tripadvisor
12/04/2019

Lovely spring walk with family


meb594, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Whilst visiting Berwick with my brother and sister in law, we decided as the weather was bright and sunny to take a walk around the walls. The views out to see were lovely and the children's play park well equiped. There were families using the picnic tables and enjoying the slide, climbing frame etc. We had a glimpse of the house that Lowry was thinking of buying as it was being renovated and partly covered with scaffolding etc. The walk helped us work up an appetite for lunch!
tripadvisor
07/04/2019

Wall walks


simonbU1276YM, Chester, United Kingdom
Great for a Sunday morning walk (even on a drizzly day). Check out the riverside Quay and the castle on the hill and by the water.
tripadvisor
31/03/2019

Experience living History!


mhairid550, Berwick upon Tweed
Berwick upon Tweed is a gem for those looking for a perfect holiday destination. Not only is it the perfect base for exploring the Scottish borders and Northumberland, it is also a historic little Town with amazing features such as the Elizabethan Walls which are the most complete fortified walls in the UK. A complete "Must see"
tripadvisor
30/03/2019

Nice morning walk


Paulina S,
Berwick upon Tweed is maybe not the most stunning location ever, but the walls are very nice. Great place for a lovely walk with good views and photo possibilities.
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URL: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/berwick-upon-tweed-castle-and-ramparts/


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