Depending on which area of the Wall you’re travelling to, your journey time from London is approximately 3.5 hours. East Coast high-speed trains arrive into Newcastle from London, York, Edinburgh and other east coast stations. West Coast high-speed services arrive into Carlisle from London, as well as from Manchester, Glasgow and other west coast stations.
Cross Country operates high-speed services between Newcastle and Scotland, South West England, Birmingham, Sheffield and Leeds.
Inter-regional Trans-Pennine services run frequently to Newcastle from Liverpool, Manchester, West Yorkshire and York. Alternatively, travel from Leeds along the dramatic Settle-Carlisle line through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to Carlisle, and connect to trains along the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line.
The Newcastle to Carlisle train route, operated by Arriva and known as the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line, is fantastic for anyone who wants to hop on and off exploring the central sections of the Wall as they go. It’s also one of the world’s earliest passenger railways and retains many original railway buildings including stations, bridges and signal boxes. The world’s first train ticket was sold at Brampton station in 1836! Trains call at Corbridge, Hexham, Haydon Bridge and Haltwhistle, amongst other handy stops.
The Cumbrian Coast Line, also operated by Arriva, lets you explore the Roman sites along the Cumbrian coast including the Roman forts at Ravenglass, Moresby and the Senhouse Roman Museum at Maryport. Interested in walking the entire Wall? You could start your journey by taking the train directly to Ravenglass and following the Cumbrian Coast trail north along the line of Hadrian’s Coastal defences to Bowness-on-Solway, where the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail begins.