Roman Attractions

Hadrian’s Wall is the best preserved and most formidable of Rome’s great frontiers. In all, over 100 miles of inspiring encounters with our Roman past can be found at a multitude of key sites and attractions, transporting visitors into the proud, pioneering heart of Rome. From the Roman Army Museum where modern technology brings the harsh realities of life on the frontline into sharp focus, to Corbridge Roman Town with its fountain house, markets, workshops and temples, each destination shines a new and intriguing light on the Romans and their culture.

See full-size reconstructions of a commander’s house, a gatehouse and a barrack block at South Shields’ Arbeia Roman Fort; explore the 300 year story of Rome’s north west frontier and ponder modern frontiers in the unique Roman Frontier Gallery at Tullie House in Carlisle; go further west to the Senhouse Roman Museum and Alauna fort and meet the regimental commanders who came here from across the Empire; travel to Northumberland’s Walltown Crags and Turret in Greenhead for the most dramatic section of the Wall itself, or to Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria for one of the longest and best preserved sections.

For the tallest Roman structure on Hadrian’s Wall, head to Ravenglass Roman Bathhouse where, from AD130, weary soldiers and sentinels would take hot saunas and cold baths to revive their flagging spirits at the edge of the sea. Visitors often say that they wish they’d set aside more time, there are so many different things to experience!

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The remains of a small temple to the native god 'Antenociticus', in the 'vicus' (civilian settlement) which stood outside Benwell fort.

Broomridge Avenue, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE15 6QN
+44 (0)870 333 1181

A 460-metre (1,509 feet) length of Hadrian’s Wall including one turret.

Please note: It is not possible for visitors to park here.

Walwick, Northumberland, NE46 4BW
+44 (0)870 333 1181
Brunton Turret

One of the best preserved turrets on the line of Hadrian's Wall, with a stretch of wall 70 yards long. Brunton Turret was built by men of the Twentieth Legion.

Low Brunton, Wall, Northumberland, NE46 4EX
+44 (0)191 269 1200
Cawfields Crags

Cawfields is a former quarry cutting dramatically through the Wall and the underlying Whin Sill dolerite bedrock.

Cawfields, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, NE49 9PJ
+44 (0)870 333 1181
Chesters Bridge Abutment

The remains of the Roman bridge which carried Hadrian’s Wall across the North Tyne are visible on both banks, but most impressively on the eastern side.

Chollerford, Northumberland, NE46 4EU
+44 (0)1434 681379
Denton Hall Turret

Turret and section of the wall 70 yards to the west. Turret retains base of platform on which rested a ladder to upper floor.

West Denton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE15 7LQ
+44 (0)1661 831368
Temple of Mithras

A fascinating temple dedicated to the god beloved by Roman soldiers. It was the largest of such buildings to occupy the site and, like many Mithraic temples, it was situated near a military base.

Carrawburgh, Chollerford, Northumberland, NE46 4EW
+44 (0)870 333 1181
Walltown Crags

400 yards of wall. One of the best places of all to see the Wall, dramatically showing the crags of the whin sill.

Northumberland
+44 (0)191 269 1200
Ravenglass

The tallest Roman structures surviving in northern Britain are located here.

Walls Drive, Ravenglass, Cumbria
+44 (0)1612 421400
Planetrees

A 15-metre (49 feet) length of later narrow Wall on earlier broad foundations, marking the junction between the two wall types.

High Brunton, Wall, Northumberland, NE46 4HB
Windshields Roman Wall and Milecastle

This 350 yard stretch of Wall includes the highest point on Hadrian's Wall and enjoys spectacular views of rugged country. It also features an unexcavated milecastle at the eastern end.

Steel Rigg, Bardon Mill, Northumberland, NE47 7EL
+44 (0)870 333 1181
Sewingshields Roman Wall

A length of Wall with milecastle remains, impressively sited along the Whin Sill, commanding fine views of many prehistoric and later earthworks to the north.
 

Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, NE47 6NW
Poltross Burn

One of the best-preserved milecastles on the wall, remains of north and south gates enclosing walls and a pair of small barrack blocks.

Gilsland, Cumbria, CA8 7BJ
+44 (0)1661 831368
Heddon-on-the-Wall Hadrian's Wall

Fine stretch of 280yds of wall with circular chambers and medieval kiln near west end.

Heddon-on-the-Wall, Northumberland, NE15 0DR
+44 (0)870 333 1181
Banks East Turret

Banks East in Cumbria is the best preserved turret or observation tower in the western sector of Hadrian's Wall, where the Wall, instigated on the orders of the emperor Hadrian in AD 122, was origi

Pike Hill, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2BX
Pike Hill Signal Tower

Pike Hill is one of the few visible elements of the Roman frontier that pre-date Hadrian's Wall.

Banks, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2BX

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