73 miles long, nearly 2000 years old, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and right on our doorstep. Hadrian’s Wall gives a fascinating insight into our Roman heritage, set in the stunning local landscape of rolling hills and wide skies it really is a fascinating and inspiring sight to behold.
Whatever your reason for visiting Hadrian’s Wall, be it to discover its history, admire the unique landscape, take the challenge of walking-the-wall, or just the chance to ‘see it up close and personal’, we have hand-picked experienced guides ready to assist.
For around three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant, multi-cultured frontier sprawling almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. Built by a force of 15,000 men in under six years, it’s as astounding today for its sheer vision as it is for its engineering. Milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts punctuate a diverse landscape that provides a
However you discover it, Hadrian’s Wall is a unique, must-see monument and a remarkable place to experience.
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See what life was like at one of the Roman Empire’s most northern outposts. Built just after Hadrian’s Wall was completed in AD 123, Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain and is located just a short walk down the road from the Walwick Hall Country Estate. Wander around the unusually well-preserved baths, steam room and officers’ quarters. before discovering an amazing collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in the museum that were found at the fort and along Hadrian’s Wall.
Voted National Park of the Year 2018, Northumberland is the least populated of all the National Parks and home to England’s cleanest rivers, clearest air and darkest skies. Northumberland boasts an abundance of beautiful landscapes, activities and wildlife to explore, ensuring you’ll never be short of something to do. Immerse yourself in history at Hadrian’s Wall, enjoy some retail therapy in the local market towns and villages, or simply relax and get back to nature with a walk through one of the many peaceful woodlands.
At an impressive 572 square miles, Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Europe’s largest area of protected night sky and officially England’s best spot to enjoy star gazing, having been awarded Gold Tier designation by the International Dark Sky Association. Located in the heart of Northumberland International Dark Sky Park is Kielder Observatory, where you can explore the night sky using their incredible telescope. With an exciting programme of astronomical events throughout the year, there’s something for all ages to enjoy.
Kielder water and forest park are situated only 16 miles from Walwick Hall. It offers a range of activities and interests for you to take advantage of.
With unique exhibits and live archaeology to watch, an unforgettable day out awaits at Vindolanda. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is the home of Britain’s ‘Top Treasure’ – the Vindolanda Writing Tablets – and is one of Europe’s most important Roman archaeological sites, with live excavations taking place every year. The recently-refurbished on-site museum provides a breathtaking exploration of the Trust’s ongoing discoveries and accounts of Roman life.
Hexham Abbey has been a place of Christian worship since AD674 and today presents 1,300 years of its history as a priory and parish church in the very centre of the thriving market town of Hexham. With many fascinating exhibits and hands-on experiences to enjoy, Hexham Abbey is ideal for all ages.
Take a magical walk to Hareshaw Linn, where you’ll cross no less than six bridges to reach the beautiful nine-metre high waterfall. The waterfall is set in fantastic ancient woodland, where you’ll also find plenty of rare plant life and wildlife such as red squirrels, great spotted woodpeckers, wood warblers, badgers and Daubenton’s bats.
Just a stone’s throw away from Hadrian’s Wall lies Aydon Castle, one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house. Set in beautiful and secluded Northumberland woodland, Aydon Castle
is over 900 years old and boasts a fascinating history for visitors to discover.
With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in the North East of England. Admire the beauty of the Grand Grecian Hall, inspired by a honeymoon trip to Athens, before losing yourselves in Belsay’s twenty acres of stunning gardens. The castle’s vast Northumberland surroundings can also be enjoyed from the top of the 14th-century tower, also known as ’Pele tower’. Beautiful gardens, impressive architecture and stunning views all in one place makes the castle a must-see on any visit to Northumberland.
Prudhoe Castle was built in the late 11th century to restrict Scottish expansionism. It withstood two sieges led by William the Lion and later resisted further attacks during the Wars of Independence, ultimately becoming the only castle in Northumberland never to be taken by force by a Scottish army. It stands in a picturesque location on a wooded hillside overlooking the River Tyne.
Situated in the heart of the countryside, Bolam Lake is surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views. It has lakeside, woodland and open grassed areas for all to enjoy with an attractive lakeside walk accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. A very popular spot for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Wheelbirks is a firm favourite with locals. Their award-winning ice cream is made on the farm and offers an abundance of experimental and creative flavours, which have ranged from coffee and croissant to garlic and balsamic vinegar! The farm is also open to the public so you can meet the cows that make Wheelbirks’ ice cream so special.
Wallington is a Grade I listed building located near the village of Cambo. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1942, after it was donated complete with the estate and farms by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan, the first donation of its kind. A family home for over 300 years, the house is full of beautiful furniture, family paintings, treasured collections and quirky curiosities to see. And, with over 13,000 acres to explore, there’s plenty of walking or cycling to enjoy on the Wallington estate too; it even has a new ‘Dragon’ cycle trail, designed with families in mind.
The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most extraordinary contemporary gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. With a collection of over 4,000 plant varieties to discover, thousands of seasonal blooms, spell-binding water sculptures and one of the world’s largest tree houses – there is plenty to surprise and delight. While you’re there, why not pay a visit to the famous Alnwick Castle too, one of the largest inhabited castles in England. Built as a medieval fortress, and owned by the Percy family for over 700 years, today it is known as home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland as well as a filming location for Harry Potter and Downton Abbey.
The Sill is a National Landscape Discovery Centre in Northumberland National Park, built to excite and inspire people of all ages to explore the landscape, history, culture and heritage of Northumberland. The Sill features exhibitions, learning and event spaces, a local food café, a world class Youth Hostel and a shop specialising in local crafts and produce.
Hexham is a vibrant market town, often considered the jewel in Northumberland’s crown. Hexham has an abundance of historical and cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy, including Hexham Abbey, which has been a place of Christian worship since AD674. Stroll down to the bustling market place or visit Hexham’s large selection of art galleries that showcase the town’s thriving artistic community. If the weather permits, take time to enjoy a gentle walk in the picturesque Tyne Green Country Park or along the beautiful banks of the river.
Filled with history and charm, Corbridge is one of the prettiest places to visit in the county Wander along the quaint streets as you explore the village’s artisan bookshops, art galleries, family-run bakeries and boutiques that boast beautifully decorated fronts.
Newcastle upon Tyne is one of England’s friendliest cities and offers visitors a host of cultural experiences to enjoy, including museums, art galleries, theatres and sporting arenas. Admire Grey’s Monument, stroll over the Tyne Bridge, let your imagination run wild at Centre for Life or venture out a bit further and spend a day at Gateshead’s Metrocentre, Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centre. Don’t forget to look out for the iconic Angel of the North, the pride of the North East.
The beautiful city of Durham is a historical treasure trove, with castles nestle in riversides, parks thriving with deer, and museums radiating with industrial heritage. Bring your map to visit Durham County and the North Pennines where there are miles of heather-carpeted dales to explore, or visit the city’s world-famous Durham Cathedral, which together with the adjacent Castle forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sports fans won’t short of things to do in Durham either – the city is ‘cricket mad’, especially when The Ashes come to town!