Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland

Hadrian's Wall
Fascinating sites, temples, and Roman bath houses are scattered along the 73-mile wall that dips and dives across the UK. This striking feat of engineering, impressive enough to inspire Game of Thrones, spans Northumberland's countryside.

The significant stretch of stones

Diving and delving across Northumberland, Hadrian’s Wall is the most significant pile of stones in the UK. Spanning 73 miles of the country, Northumberland holds the longest stretch of it and it rises and plunges across some of the county’s most staggering landscapes.

Built under the orders of Emperor Hadrian in AD122, the UNESCO World Heritage Site inspired George RR Martin’s wall in his bestselling books and TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. Take a themed tour along the archaeological wonder, or Live Like a Roman with an immersive experience day.

Scattered along the length of the wall are Roman Forts, excavation sites, ancient temples and Bath Houses that sit before a backdrop of sweeping National Park landscapes, blazing sunsets and rugged hills. Every summer, you can watch live excavations take place at Vindolanda, where 5th century gaming boards, jewellery and other pieces are revealed by skilled archaeologists.

Bike, hike, wander or tour the wall with one of the many ways to explore. The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, circular walking routes and Hadrian’s Cycleway can all be ventured into for anyone wanting an active pursuit of the wall. 

Things to do

Find the most breathtaking viewpoints along the wall, discover ancient artefacts at Roman forts, and uncover sections of the wall step by step on historical hiking routes.

Getting around the wall

Bike or bus yourway along Hadrian Wall's stunnng cycle routes and on the AD122, the fantastic summer bus service (named after the year Hadrian's Wall was built).

Neighbouring towns and villages

Head to stone-clad market towns and villages, with Michelin star restaurants, peaceful gardens, and abbeys built from the stones of Hadrian's Wall.
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