Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle and Ramparts

Aerial view of Berwick-upon-Tweed Castle and Ramparts with estuary and landscape in background
Remains of the ramparts at Berwick
Berwick and its walls

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Open Daily 10am - 4pm

Address:

Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1DF

Before You Go

The remains of a medieval castle crucial to Anglo-Scottish warfare, superseded by the most complete and breathtakingly impressive bastioned town defences in England, mainly Elizabethan but updated in the 17th and 18th centuries. Surrounding the whole historic town, their entire circuit can be walked.

Read more about the history of the ramparts.

Before You Go

Access: There is disabled access to the ramparts.

How to Find It: The castle is adjacent to Berwick-Upon-Tweed railway station. The ramparts can be accessed at several points - look out for the brown signs around the town.

Parking: There is public car parking around the town, not managed by English Heritage. Charges apply.

Facilities: Berwick Barracks has toilet facilities and a shop selling drinks and snacks.

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Plan a Great Day Out


You can walk a complete circuit of the ramparts. Detailed interpretation boards at key points along the walk explain the history and purpose of the defences.

One of the access points onto the Ramparts is at Berwick-Upon-Tweed Barracks. Among the first barracks to be purpose built in England, they now house several historic exhibitions and in the summer host contemporary art installations in the Gymnasium Art Gallery. The Barracks have toilet facilities and a shop selling gifts, snacks and drinks.

Further afield but within a short drive you'll find Norham Castle and Etal Castle.

 

Guidebook: Berwick Barracks and Fortifications

Price: £3.50

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

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