History of Hadrian's Wall

A view over Housesteads Fort at Hadrians Wall

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987, Hadrian's Wall is the most popular tourist attraction in Nothern England and we owe it all to one man.

When Emperor Hadrian made history

Around AD 122, during Emperor Hadrian's reign he ordered that a wall be built to act as a defence tool. The structure was most likely planned before Hadrian's visit to Britain (although he was happy to take all the glory) and he was clever to include gates along the Wall acting as customs posts.

Don't miss...

  • Stunning walks alongside the Wall
  • Milecastle 37
  • The historic Housesteads Fort
  • The beautiful views of Northumberland
  • Sycamore Gap
  • Witnessing the amazing stone work
  • Seeing where the soldiers would have lived
  • Seeing the well-preserved latrines
  • The fantastic replica in the English Heritage museum showing what the Fort would have looked like

Hadrian's Wall

Stetching from Segedunum, Wallsend to a short but unknown distance west of the village Bowness-on-Solway, it is estimated that more than a million cubic metres of stone were used to build Hadrian's Wall.

Housesteads Fort

The Wall has 16 permanent bases of which Housesteads Fort is one of the best preserved. Excavations at the Fort revealed a turreted curtain wall, three barrack blocks and well-preserved latrines.
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Sycamore Gap

Who would have guessed that a tree creating a beautiful view, thanks to geology, would become so famous? Well, Sycamore Gap is and has even featured in the Hollywood movie 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves'.