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!