Birdoswald is located in one of the most picturesque settings along the whole of Hadrian’s Wall, overlooking the River Irthing gorge. It is unique because at no other point along the wall can all the components of the Roman Frontier system be found in such a small area.

Sycamore Gap

An absolutely beautiful spot a pleasant walk west from Housesteads Crag is Sycamore Gap. It was made famous by the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and if you’ve seen the film you no doubt recognise the picture to the left. This walk from Housesteads is my favourite part of the Wall to have a short walk along, the scenery and panoramic views just can’t be beaten.


Housesteads fort was first erected c.AD128, after the broad wall foundations had been laid down but before the narrow wall was built, and was destroyed (and rebuilt) several times during its lifetime, in AD197, 296 and 367, before being finally abandoned around the turn of the fifth century. Artillery platforms may have been added to the ramparts in the early-third century.



This is arguably the most popular part of Hadrian’s Wall to visit and walk from, the panoramic vistas are simply stunning. The fort is perched up high on a ridge and is now the most complete Roman Fort in Britain and is the ideal place to experience how the Romans lived. 

Chester's Roman Fort

Almost 2,000 years ago Chester’s Roman Fort was built as an army garrison to protect the nearby bridge that crossed the River Tyne and is now widely accepted as the best preserved Roman Cavalry Fort in the Country. There are lots to see and do here as you wander the fort with the preserved baths and steam room, collections of items found in the excavation, the restored Victorian museum and the fantastic viewing platform of the Roman Bridge and the river.

Roman Army Museum

History comes alive at this spacious museum next to the superb Walltown Crags section of Hadrian’s Wall. The museum has reconstructions, life sized figures, Roman objects, films and much more. Soar with the eagle over Hadrian’s Wall in the 18 minute Eagles Eye film, featuring a stunning virtually reconstructed return flight to see how Hadrian’s Wall, its forts and mile castles may have looked in Roman times.

Tullie House

Journey back in time to the Roman occupation and uncover the mysteries of Hadrian’s Wall. Travel through the dark ages and grind corn as the Celts did. Experience the highs and lows of England’s Civil War. Voyage through the Debatable Lands – home of the Border Reivers, marauding family gangs whose terrifying family feuds left many a Border widow bereaved. Visit the Middle Ages and return by Edwardian railway carriage.

Maryport Senhouse Roman Museum

Dramatically sited on cliffs overlooking the Solway Firth, this award winning museum is next to a Roman fort probably founded in the first century AD and rebuilt during the reign of the emperor Hadrian. Most of the objects in the Museum derive from the fort at Maryport and the Roman civil settlement attached to it. The museum displays the largest group of Roman military altar stones and inscriptions from any site in Britain and unique examples of Romano-British religious sculpture.

Corbridge Roman Town

Visit the fascinating remains of a Roman garrison town, here you can explore the granaries, markets, workshops and temples and learn how the Romans lived. The first Fort was built in Corbridge around 85AD and some point in the second century it was replaced with a town, the remains of which you can now visit. A large number of items that were found while excavating the site are now housed within the museum.

The Great North Museum

Highlights include a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian’s Wall, major displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton.

Segedunum Roman Fort

Segedunum is once again a major site on Hadrian’s Wall. It is the most excavated fort along the Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself. There is a large interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a bath house and a section of Wall. The 35 metre high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.

Arbeia Roman Fort

It’s kind of hard to imagine what life must have been like for the average legionaire. A look at Arbeia’s The Life of a Roman Soldier gives you some idea: personal effects, everyday objects, weapons and armour –it’s amazing what has been unearthed.



Once Brewed

Once Brewed is close to Hadrian’s Wall and is the main tourist centre for exploring the National Park and the World Heritage Site. It’s definitely worth a visit for orientating yourself in the area.



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