One of England’s most famous historic attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall is a bucket list destination for many travellers. Northumberland has 6 main Roman sites to visit along the Wall, along with countless impressive photo opportunities.
1. Birdoswald is a Roman Fort where you can see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and is ideally placed as the first or last site you visit on your way along the Wall in Northumberland, sitting on the border with Cumbria.
2. The Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda are two sites run by the Vindolanda Trust who offer a joint discounted entry ticket. The spacious Roman Army Museum gives visitors an insight into life as a Roman solider through reconstructions, artefacts excavated along Hadrian’s Wall and a 3D film. Then travel along to Vindolanda which is an extensive site where you can see live excavations from April-September.
3. Need to fit in lunch but want to walk a section of the Wall? Country Concierge offer a fantastic Pop-Up Picnic service, where they will deliver home-made, delicious picnics made from local produce to a specified location. Ideal for those groups wanting lunch with a view.
4. Housesteads Roman Fort gives you the chance to see a view not much changed from the days when soldiers guarded Hadrian’s Wall. 360° panoramic views and the most complete example of a Roman Fort in Britain make it a stop on many a group’s itinerary.
5. The Battlesteads Hotel in Wark is an ideal base for exploring Hadrian’s Wall. Known for its superb food and outstanding Green Tourism credentials, the Battlesteads also has a new addition – their Dark Sky Observatory offers night life Northumberland style!
6. Home to one of the best preserved Roman bath houses in Britain, Chesters Roman Fort is a peaceful site on the banks of the River Tyne. Extensive work has been carried out in 2015-16 to improve the interpretation and access across the site.
7. Corbridge Roman Town was once a bustling supply base and is now home to the Corbridge Hoard, one of the most significant finds in Roman history.
8. After exploring the Wall, where better to rest, refresh and reflect on your trip than Vallum Farm. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant or private Chef’s Room, or just stop in the Tea Room for homemade ice cream.
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Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect place to see the longest continuous remaining stretch of this magnificent World Heritage Site, Hadrian's Wall. Explore the extensive remains of the Roman fort and discover interactive displays, artefacts and a model of the wall in our fascinating exhibition.
Immerse yourself in the life of the Roman Army at this interactive and engaging museum - there is nothing else like this on Hadrian's Wall
Home of Britain's 'Top Treasure' - the Vindolanda Writing Tablets. Vindolanda is one of Europe's most important archaeological sites, with live excavations taking place every year and an award winning museum.
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All picnic food pieces home baked and individually hand packed. Choice of menus.
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Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort takes you back to the Roman Empire.
One of the UK’s top sustainable tourism destinations, Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant is renowned for its superb food, welcoming hospitality and outstanding ‘green’ credentials.
Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain - wander around the unusually well-preserved bath-house and steam room, and the officers' quarters. Discover an amazing collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in the Clayton Museum.
Not all the sites on Hadrian's Wall were heavily guarded fortresses. Corbridge was once a bustling town and supply base where Romans and civilians would pick up food and provisions. It remained a vibrant community right up until the end of Roman Britain in the early years of the 5th century.
Join us at Vallum to savour the produce of land once trod by the Roman auxiliaries who lived here in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall. Located at Milecastle 18 on the Military Road, we offer a warm Northumbrian welcome to groups and parties whether out for an excursion or a quick visit for rest and recuperation.
Our Tea Room with its outside deck and children’s play paddock, overlooks the stunning Northumberland countryside and is open 7 days a week from 10am as is our Shop & Ice Cream Parlour which sells our fresh baked breads, pies and cakes plus our award-winning ice cream made with milk from our own cows. The shop also serves take out teas, coffees, soups and sandwiches. Our restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Thursday – Saturday, plus Sundays for our very popular Sunday lunch.