Elizabeth Walls Tour

Bankhill, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1BH

Berwick's imposing Elizabethan Walls are an icon feature of the town. Why and how were they built and by whom ? This walk will answer some of those questions.

"I must admit the new wall is marvellous beautiful", was an opinion voiced to Queen Elizabeth in 1568, but what did the writer go on to say? Built at a time of uncertainty, this was the most expensive project of Elizabeth's reign. Today a tour of these walls i the best way to see Berwick and get an overview of its past and present and along the way encounter conflicting consultants and medieval map making. Led by local historian, Jim Herbert, this walk gives an insight in the history of these unusual walls which encircle the town.

Event Times

Saturday 18 September: 10:00 and 14:00

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to:
Booking opens: 9 August 2021 09:00
Booking closes: 18 September 2021 09:00


Some steps involved but mainly on a path.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 25 people per tour/session. Walk lasts about 1 hour If you can't do this walk in person, have a look at our online version - https://berwickhods.org.uk/elizabethan-walls/ Contact for the day: Jim Herbert - 07595465284

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Meet at the gate leading up to the Scotsgate, just past Lady Jerningham's statue on Bankhill.

Organised by

Berwick Heritage Open Days

About the author 

Jim Herbert

Jim Herbert worked at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery for over twenty years. He now writes blog posts for Berwick Time Lines, conducts guided tours around Berwick and gives talks. He finds all periods of the Berwick’s history fascinating but his great love is Berwick Castle and the medieval walls which he has studied meticulously for many years.