Hadrian’s Wall has its own dedicated train line, the Tyne Valley Railway, running between Newcastle and Carlisle. With three services an hour between Newcastle and Hexham and two services an hour between Hexham and Carlisle, trains can easily get you to Hadrian's Wall Country. Follow the link to the train timetables.
Many stations along the line are easily accessible to/from the wall and provide a nice walk. However, if a walk is not for your fancy, then the 185 bus service operates between Birdoswald and Halthwhistle (year round) and the AD122 is a summer service from Hexham and Haltwhistle railway stations to a number of roman sites. Click here for the link to bus timetables. Taxi companies are on hand at some stations but at rural stations you may need to contact the taxi company by telephone and arrange to be picked up.
The Tyne Valley Railway is one of the world's earliest passenger railways, which started to run in 1836. It is also famous for selling the world's first train ticket at Brampton Station in that very same year. There is much to explore; the route is full of history and heritage with varied scenery. For other attractions and ideas of places to visit click here.
Travel to & from the Wall
Depending on which area of the Wall you're travelling to, your journey time from London is approximately 3.5 hours. High-speed trains on the east coast mainline 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 stations throughout the country.
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 Tyne Valley Line.
If you are arriving by air at Carlisle Lake District Airport, there is a minibus shuttle to the Railway Station at Carlisle, from where you can board a train to travel through Hadrian's Wall Country.
Travelling through rolling countryside of Cumbria and Northumberland, the line follows the River Tyne for the most of the journey with some spectacular views of the Lake District fells and southern Scotland; passing quaint villages, glimpses of Hadrian’s Wall and other history and heritage of the area.