While the Romans’ travel options were limited to foot or horseback, nowadays travellers to Hadrian’s Wall Country have more options.
Notch up memorable miles on roads that twist and dip alongside the Wall. Connecting Newcastle to Hexham is the A69 while the quieter B6318 runs the closest to the Wall and is best for accessing the majority of attractions and sites here. Car parking is available at all major sites too.
The award-winning AD122 Hadrian's Wall Bus operates every year from Easter weekend until around the end of September, which makes it easier to explore our Roman heritage and get out and about in some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. The Hadrian’s Wall Country line train operated by Northern Rail runs regular services which connect with the AD122 at Hexham and Haltwhistle. The AD122 stops at Roman sites in between, including Housesteads, Once Brewed and Haltwhistle.
It is still possible to explore parts of Hadrian's Wall by bus all year round. The 185 service runs daily on Monday to Saturdays with three return journeys a day from Haltwhistle Rail Station and Market Place to the Roman Army Museum, Walltown, Gilsland and Birdoswald Roman Fort.
The 680 also runs on Mondays to Saturdays with a regular service from Hexham Bus Station to Bellingham via Chollerford, which is a 10 minute walk from Chesters Roman Fort.
Newcastle Railway Station is well connected to the rest of the country on the main East Coast line. From here, board the Hadrian's Wall Country Line linking Newcastle and Carlisle via Hexham. Stopping at sites along the Wall, buy a Hadrian's Wall Country Line Day Ranger ticket and hop on and off all day anywhere between Carlisle and Newcastle and beyond. Walking routes and cycle routes link up with most stops and a limited number of bikes can be taken on board on a first-come basis. Catch the Tyne & Wear Metro service to explore Roman sites in Newcastle and Tyneside.
Hadrian’s Wall Country is a cyclists paradise. A network of scenic cycle ways crisscross the countryside. Bring your own bike or hire one instead. There are several cycling firms along the Wall who hire bikes and provide a delivery service too. Guided cycling tours and holidays are also available.
Newcastle Airport can be reached in less than 1 hour from Vindolanda and is easily accessible. The airport handles flights from the UK and a wide range of European destinations. Emirates airlines now operate a daily service connecting North East England to the Middle East and beyond.
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Hadrian's Wall Country has fantastic access from Scotland and the south via the A1 London to Edinburgh eastern highway running the length of the county. The A69 and A66 connect to the M6 at the western end, whilst the A19 provides an alternative route from the south, linking the Port of Tyne to Northumberland.
Newcastle Central Station is about 3 ½ hours from London Kings Cross and aproximately one and a half hours from Edinburgh. Trains depart regularly from Newcastle to Carlisle via Hexham.
National Rail Enquiries, T: 08457 48 49 50
National Express Travel Enquiries, T: 08717 818178