Hadrians Wall Tourist Information

Commencing construction in 122 A.D., this impressive walled boundary took over six years and the work of three whole legions to complete, and has since surmounted almost twenty centuries of border hostilities to stand as the country’s largest free-standing structure and a prominent monument of the Roman occupation.

Surrounded by spectacular wild countryside and imbued with history, this World Heritage Site has for many decades drawn visitors from all over the world, fascinating amateur historians, archaeologists, cyclists, and walkers alike. With over fourteen notable Roman sites, museums and a scatter of well-preserved castles and turrets all along its extensive 73 miles, Hadrian’s Wall is definitely a tourist destination not to be missed.

Amongst the major Roman sites is the impressive Housesteads Roman Fort, the most complete of all the Roman forts in Britain. With an intriguing museum and well-kept remains of the barrack blocks, this ancient stronghold provides an insight into the lives of the 800 Roman soldiers who once roamed its grounds. In close proximity is Vindolanda, an archaeological site with a fort dating all the way back to 85 A.D., before Hadrian’s Wall was even constructed. Regular digs welcoming volunteer participation and reconstructions of the site only add to Vindolanda’s charm and attraction, making it a must-see when visiting Hadrian’s Wall. Other magnificent attractions displaying remnants of Roman life and culture include Segedunum Roman Fort and Baths, standing at the eastern edge of the wall, Ravenglass Roman Bath House and the famous Roman Army Museum, all these only being the tip of the iceberg. With so much to see and do, Hadrian’s Wall guarantees visitors a once-in-a-lifetime entertaining and educational experience that you will remember for a long time to come.

There is no one single way to travel the length of Hadrian’s Wall, making for either a varied long vacation or an entertaining day excursion. Keen walkers can take a week-long trip ambling down Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, a continuous sign-posted trail stretching over 84 miles from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway, whilst ardent cyclists challenge themselves on the 174-mile Hadrian’s Cycleway, which passes through the entire World Heritage Site. If neither option is to your taste, and driving is not viable, you can even take the award-winning Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus, the aptly titled AD122, which runs from Newcastle to Carlisle.

Although promising beautiful natural scenery and captivating historical attractions, touring Hadrian’s Wall country is not merely about grass and rock. Travelling along the wall takes you through quaint market towns, friendly villages and even thriving cities, making for an all-rounded experience that ensures pleasure and entertainment for the whole family.

Interesting fact: Despite widespread stories, Hadrian's Wall was not originally constructed to keep out the Scots. Historians believe that the wall acted as a form of customs post so that Roman officials could keep track of population flow between the north and south of Britain.

Things to see and do around Hadrians Wall:

Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum
Banks Turret
Bardon Mill
Benwell Roman Temple and Vallum Crossing
Birdoswald Roman Fort
Bowness-on-Solway
Brampton
Carlisle
Carvoran Roman Army Museum
Chesters Bridge Abutment
Chesters Fort 
Corbridge
Denton Hall Turret
Gilsland
Haltwhistle
Haydon Bridge
Hexham
Housesteads Roman Fort
Lanercost Priory
Maryport
Newcastle
Northumberland National Park
Ravenglass
Ravenglass Roman Bath House
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Vindolanda
Wallsend