Things to see & do

Hadrian's Wall

 © Joe Cornish

Hadrian's Wall was originally planned to be 76 Roman miles long (about 111 km) from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway to the north of Stanegate. It was later extended to 80 Roman miles (120 km) to Wallsend.

Built in sections, not from one end to the other, it was later decided that the wall would have forts included.

Housesteads Fort

A Roman Fort, looking towards Sewingshields Crags © Paul Wakefield

A Roman Fort, looking towards Sewingshields Crags

The Fort was built on a steep, windswept slope. The main source of water was a small stream, the Knag burn, running down a valley a hundred metres east of the Fort. The barrack blocks are arranged lengthways along the slope.

There are numerous areas to see at the Fort and why not head to English Heritage's Visitor Centre to see the museum and their events.

Milecastle 37

A milecastle and Hadrian's Wall © Paul Wakefield

A milecastle and Hadrian's Wall

Placed astride a narrow nick in the ridge top which allowed some access to the north, Milecastle 37 is now in part obscured by the 19th-century excavation spoil heaps.

The Milecastles were the earliest phase of building the Wall, acting as 'rest stops' for soldiers and travellers.

Sycamore Gap

Walk along the wall to the famous Sycamore Gap, seen in Robin Hood (1991) © Ken, Taking the Pic

Walk along the wall to the famous Sycamore Gap, seen in Robin Hood (1991)

Sycamore Gap, famous for its scene-stealing moment in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves starring Kevin Costner, is a beautiful area of Hadrian's Wall.

The Wall surrounding the gap shows it was repaired with lime mortar and the construction deposits sealed pottery datable to the late second century.

Cawfield Crags

Lush green grass by Hadrian's Wall © NTPL/Joe Cornish

Lush green grass by Hadrian's Wall

Just beyond Milecastle 41, Bogle Hole, then Whin Sill, the remains of another post-medieval farmhouse, and from here Hadrian's Wall stretches along the top of Cawfields Crags for over 1 mile (1.5km), culminating in Milecastle 42, the first one along the wall to be properly excavated by John Clayton in 1852.

Witness the Wall

Get outdoors and try new things by volunteering at Hadrian's Wall © Laura Thompson

Get outdoors and try new things by volunteering at Hadrian's Wall

Obviously we're very passionate about walls... it goes without saying.

So it was great when Mark Newman, the National Trust's archaeologist, uploaded this video of Hadrian's Wall's walling contractors and a working holiday group at Hotbanks. For a little history and a small insight into what we do...

Watch now

What's on?

How do you get your kicks? It could be climbing Crag Lough, learning bushcraft skills, searching for stars at night or meeting friends for a cuppa, either way we can help.

Walks

Head outdoors at Hadrian's Wall Country. Take in the fresh air, admire the views, be on the lookout for wildlife, and most of all - enjoy. Whether you want to explore alone or via a guided walk, it's up to you.

Don't miss...

  • Experiencing what life was like at the Roman Fort
  • Enjoy a range of refreshments in the visitor centre
  • Our guided walks alongside the Wall
  • Our fantastic range of events
  • Spotting otters and deers
  • Seeing where part of 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' was filmed
  • Trying geocaching - the hunt is on for the boxes!
  • Admiring the dark skies at night
Group enjoying a cycle © NTPL

Group enjoying a cycle

Enjoy the outdoors

If being out in the open is your bag then join the club.

There's miles of paths ideal for walking, running and cycling, and as we mentioned the views are pretty spectacular too. We have bike sheds at the visitor centre should you need to rest and grab a bite to eat.

Geocaching

It's the perfect modern day treasure hunt for all the family! Use a GPS, which you can borrow from the visitor centre, to search for hidden caches and don't forget to sign the log book.

Meet up

The visitor centre is the ideal spot to meet with friends and family, choose from snacks and drinks or simply browse the shop. Every penny spent goes back into conserving this special place.

Wildlife

Large, small, crawling, flying, furry, bright, or even swimming. While you're out and about stay alert for the wonderful animals living nearby, they're all around.

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