Berwick Elizabethan Town Walls

Town Walls
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1BN

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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£0.00
per ticket
No admission charge.

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
11/06/2019

Lovely walk on the walls


Frances B, Carlisle, United Kingdom
You will encounter steps up and down to the top of the walls, and the drop-off from the height needs keeping children under control. Otherwise a gorgeous walk above the town.
tripadvisor
07/06/2019

Very good walk & view of the town & sea


Pete S, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
We had a very relaxing walk around the Elizabethan walls of Berwick. It is free and there are many entrances/exits. The views of the town and sea are great.
tripadvisor
05/06/2019

We did the Derek Sharman guided tour - quite outstanding and great value.


Yachtjudge, Lymington, Hampshire,England
This was our first visit to Berwick and we picked up details of the town walls tour from the Tourist information website. Both my wife and I have an interest in history and have been on many walks and tours of one form or another. But we were pleasantly surprised by the depth of research that had gone into this tour by our tour guide and the way he was able to communicate so clearly to all of in in the group. All but two of the people on the tour had a keen and informed interest in the history of the borders and were keen to find more of the role of Berwick in it. So there were many questions as we went round the wall - all happily fielded by Derek Sharman. There was so much discussion that our tour lasted well over two hours - Quite delightful and totally engaging. The tour itself is easy walking, on smooth paths. There are some steps but my feeling is that iff there was a need to structure the tour for wheelchair users it would be simple to arrange with a bit of prior discussion. On our way round we were taken into one of the bastions, explored the gunpowder store and were shown one of the ice stores used to keep the ice into which fresh salmon was packed before being shipped to London. So we had much more detail than could be experienced when simply walking round - although the walls are plentifully supplied with detailed information boards. A really good, inexpensive (£7 per person) tour.
tripadvisor
05/06/2019

Can't see the walls for the ramparts!


familytravel4x4, Liphook, United Kingdom
We went to explore Berwick and stayed for the whole day! Having found the long term car park (FREE!) we were surrounded by the old ramparts of the Elizabethan fort! Although now grassed over, the ramparts made for a very easy walk - but take care with kids otherwise they may end up in the car park if they survive the 30 ft fall! We walked around all of the ramparts and well as then extending the walk to the riverside to see the 3 bridges (walked past them all and then through the park where the old castle ruins are to be found). All navigated with the tourist map of the town....free from any of the tourist information centres or other via other Northumbria attractions .. so dead easy. Get your walking shoes on and enjoy.....
tripadvisor
29/05/2019

Wonderful views and with easy, smooth surfaces.


JH41, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
We walked the walls around Berwick upon Tweed one afternoon. We didn’t rush and stopped to read the information boards along the route. It was very interesting and the scenery is beautiful. It’s worth stopping to look all around so that you aren’t always looking at the sea. The views of the town and bridges are well worth spending time on. The grassy areas are well kept and were very pretty. Also, we didn’t see one piece of litter which was a pleasant change. Do be aware of the warning signs where there are sheer drops. They aren’t kidding, but as long as you are aware, there is no need to worry. If I go back to Berwick I will walk the walls again, it is an enchanting way to spend a couple of hours.
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