Hadrian’s Wall is a fortification built between AD 122 and 128 on the orders of Roman Emporer Hadrian. It is 73 miles long and runs from the mouth of the River Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway. The wall was abandoned in the late 4th century when the Romans departed Britain and much of it was used in the construction of local buildings and walls. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
Hotels and Accommodation
Places to stay near Hadrian’s Wall include any of the hotels in Carlisle.
Hadrian’s Wall Path
The Hadrian’s Wall Path is a National Trail following the Wall. It runs from Segendenum Roman Fort at Wallsend-on-Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway. It is 84 miles long and takes an average walker 7 days to complete. Towns on and near the route include Carlisle, Brampton, Gilsland, and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
For route maps and further information visit the official Hadrian’s Wall Path website.
Bus – AD122
A great way to explore the Wall is to take the bus. The award-winning Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus AD122 runs from Newcastle to Carlisle with connecting services to Bowness-on-Solway.
Birdoswald Roman Fort
Birdoswald Roman Fort is one of the best preserved of the 16 forts on Hadrian’s Wall. It is set high on a plateau with great views of the surrounding countryside. The fort is maintained by English Heritage.
The fort lies 1 mile west of Gilsland and around 8 miles drive from Brampton.