Hadrians Wall Country

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From Bowness-on-Solway on the Cumbrian coast to Newcastle and Wallsend on the eastern side

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The mighty Roman Empire stretched from northern Africa, across to the Middle East, from the western Iberian Peninsula, across central Europe to the far northern reaches of Britannia – effectively covering the then known world.

In AD122 Emperor Hadrian decided to draw a line across northern England, creating a frontier and allowing control of north-south population movement, trade routes, and the tribal hordes. That new border was Hadrian’s Wall.

The Wall was a massive engineering feat, stretching 80 miles from sea to sea and, in places, reaching 6m in height and included milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts. It took 3 Legions (~15,000 men) only 6 years to build it all.

Today Hadrian’s Wall is Britain’s greatest Roman monument and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Frontiers of the Roman Empire’, together with the Antonine Wall and the Upper German Raetian Limes. Here, the WHS stretches 150 miles, incorporating not just the Wall but the Roman sites found down the Cumbrian coast.

Once a busy, noisy, multi-cultural military zone, Hadrian’s Wall today is a far more tranquil place. Here you can experience breathtaking landscapes, fascinating Roman history, walking and cycling opportunities aplenty and abundant nature and wildlife. There’s so much more to Hadrian’s Wall Country than you might expect.

credit Roger Clegg

credit Roger Clegg

2013 Map – Roman sites content

Ravenglass Roman Bath House

Never was an ancient army so clean! The bath house walls here are the tallest surviving remains along the Frontier.

Open: all year
Admission: free
Directions: 1⁄4 mile E of Ravenglass, off minor road leading to A595
W: english-heritage.org.uk/ravenglass

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Built in one of the most picturesque places in Cumbria, Birdoswald is where you can see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. Inside the visitor centre, discover more about the 1,000+ soldiers who were once based here.

Open: 29 Mar – 30 Sep 10am-6pm daily; 01 Oct - 03 Nov 10am-5pm daily; 04 Nov – 16 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm; 17 Feb – 21 Feb Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; 22 Feb – 31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Admission: Adult £5.40 Concessions £4.90 Children £3.20 EH members and under 5s free
Directions: CA8 7DD
W: English-heritage.org.uk/Birdoswald
T: +44 (0) 16977 47602

Chesters Roman Fort

Nestled in a beautiful riverside location, it’s not hard to see why Chesters was a good spot for the Romans to set up a base. The fort boasts one of the best preserved Roman bath houses you can see in Britain today and the museum houses the excellent ‘Clayton Collection’ of Roman stonework and objects.

Open: 29 Mar – 30 Sep 10am-6pm daily; 01 Oct - 03 Nov 10am-5pm daily; 04 Nov – 16 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm; 17 Feb – 21 Feb Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; 22 Feb – 30 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Admissions: Adult £5.40 Concessions £4.90 Children £3.20 EH members and under 5s free
Parking: Pay & Display
Directions: NE46 4EU
W: english-heritage.org.uk/chestersromanfort
T: +44 (0) 1434 681379

Corbridge Roman Town

Lynchpin of all Roman campaigns, the substantial remains give clues to life and dramas; the granaries, the stone lion and the Stanegate road. Bring all this to life with an audio tour.

Open: 29 Mar – 30 Sep 10am-6pm daily; 01 Oct - 03 Nov 10am-5pm daily; 04 Nov – 16 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm; 17 Feb – 21 Feb Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; 22 Feb – 30 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Admissions: Adult £5.40 Concessions £4.90 Children £3.20 EH members and under 5s free
Directions: NE45 5NT
W: english-heritage.org.uk/corbridge
T: +44 (0) 1434 632349

Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites. The views and Roman remains are spectacular. Delve into the Fort’s story and see a stunning collection of artefacts. A CGI film flies through time and reconstructs Housesteads before your very eyes. New visitor centre opens in 2013.

Open: 29 Mar – 30 Sep 10am-6pm daily; 01 Oct - 03 Nov 10am-5pm daily; 04 Nov – 16 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm; 17 Feb – 21 Feb Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; 22 Feb – 30 Mar Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Admissions: Adult £6.20 Concessions £5.60 Children £3.70 EH, National Trust members and under 5s free
Directions: NE47 6NN
W: english-heritage.org.uk/housesteads
W: nationaltrust.org.uk/Hadrians-wall
T: +44 (0) 1434 344363

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

The family-friendly Roman Frontier Gallery reveals the frontier story and the effect of Roman occupation on Britain. Other galleries explore Cumbrian history, archaeology, wildlife and art. Programme of changing exhibitions.

Open: 01 Apr – 31 Oct Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (restaurant opens 9.30am) & Sun 11am-5pm; 01 Nov – 31 Mar Mon-Sat 10am-5pm (restaurant opens 9.30am, galleries close 4pm) & Sun 12noon-5pm (galleries close at 4pm).
Directions: CA3 8TP
Admission: charges apply
W: tulliehouse.co.uk
T: +44 (0) 1228 618718

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum

Stunning reconstructions show high, low and middle-ranking military life, and hands-on displays show how the ordinary soldier lived (and died).

Open: 01 Apr - 30 Sep Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-4pm & Sun 2pm-5pm; closed 1 Oct - 31 Mar
Directions: NE33 2BB
Admission: free
W: www.arbeiaromanfort.org.uk
T: +44 (0) 191 4561369

The Great North Museum

The museum features a large-scale interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall and Europe’s only virtual reconstruction of a Mithraic temple.

Open: Mon–Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm, closed 25 & 26 Dec and 1 Jan
Directions: NE2 4PT
Admission: free
W: www.greatnorthmuseum.org.uk
T: +44 (0) 191 222 6765

Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

The Wall’s most-excavated fort is a must-see: spectacular reconstructions (including the bath house and a section of Wall), original Wall, computer-generated history tour and a 35-metre high viewing tower.

Open: From 01 Apr Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm; please check website for winter opening times
Directions: NE28 6HR
Admission: adults £3.95, concessions £2.95, 16 & under free
W: www.segedunumromanfort.org.uk
T: +44 (0) 191 236 9347

Northumberland National Park Centre, Once Brewed

At the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country, this centre provides a warm welcome to all and includes interpretive displays the Emperor Hadrian himself would have found handy!

Open: Apr – Oct 9.30am-5pm daily; winter 10am-3pm Sat & Sun only
Directions: NE47 7AN
Admission: free
W: northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk
T: +44 (0)1434 344396

Roman Army Museum

Real-life treasures from nearby Roman Vindolanda plus fantastic replicas. Watch the Eagle’s Eye film for an inspiring, virtually reconstructed 3D aerial view of Hadrian’s Wall.

Open: 16 Feb – 31 Mar 10am-5pm daily; 01 Apr – 30 Sep 10am-6pm daily; 01 – 31 Oct 10am-5pm daily; please contact for winter opening times.
Directions: CA8 7JB
Admission: adult £5.25, concessions £4.50, children £3.00, family £15.00, joint ticket with Roman Vindolanda available
W: www.vindolanda.com
T: +44 (0) 16977 47485

Roman Vindolanda

Classic fort and civilian remains plus full-scale replicas. Peek at images of ancient writing tablets packed with personal details and watch live excavations from April to September.

Open: 16 Feb – 31 Mar 10am-5pm daily; 01 Apr – 30 Sep 10am-6pm daily; 01 – 31 Oct 10am-5pm daily; please contact for winter opening times.
Directions: NE47 7JN
Admission: adult £6.50, concessions £5.50, children £4.00, family £19.00, joint ticket with Roman Army Museum available
W: vindolanda.com
T: +44 (0) 1434 344277

Senhouse Roman Museum

Unique collection from the adjacent Roman fort and the Solway coastal defences. Stunning views of the Solway Firth and Scottish coast.

Open: Apr – Jun 10am-5pm daily (except Mon & Wed); Jul – Oct 10am-5pm daily; Nov – Mar 10.30am-4pm Fri, Sat & Sun; closed 25 & 25 Dec and 01 Jan
Directions: CA15 6JD
Admission: adult £3.00, children £1.00, family ticket £8.00
W: www.senhousemuseum.co.uk
T: +44 (0) 1900 816168

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