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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Harrows Scar

A mile-long section of the Wall, rebuilt in stone later in Hadrian's reign. It is linked to Birdoswald Roman Fort.

Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 7DD
Leahill Turret and Piper Sike Turret

The three-mile stretch of Hadrian's Wall that survives west of Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria tells us much about how the Wall worked and developed.

Wall Bowers, Brampton, Cumbria, CA8 2BX
Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge

A fine 914 metre stretch of Wall, including two turrets and impressive bridge remains beside the River Irthing. Linked by a bridge to Birdoswald Roman Fort.

Gilsland, Cumbria, CA8 7DA
Clayton Museum at Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain - wander around th

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

Open all year round and set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall,  Housesteads Roman Fort

Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 6NN
+44 (0)1434 344363

The Senhouse Museum at Maryport houses the Senhouse collection of outstanding Roman objects from the adjacent fort known as Alauna.

Maryport, Cumbria, CA15 6JD
+44 (0)1900 816168

Arbeia Roman Fort has stunning full-scale reconstructions of original buildings including the commander’s house, a barrack block and a gatehouse providing a unique and inspiring insight into Roman

Baring Street, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2BB
+44 (0)191 277 1410
Birdoswald Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall

Birdoswald is the place to see the longest surviving stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and extensive remains of a Roman Fort. 

Gilsland, Cumbria, CA8 7DD
+44 (0)1697 747602

At Corbridge Roman Town, an audio guide brings the story of the town to life and the modern museum has a fascinating array of finds.

Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5NT
+44 (0)1434 632349

A major new gallery opened in 2009 highlighting the construction and operation of Hadrian’s Wall and the numerous sites along it.

Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 4PT
+44 (0)191 2086765

Live excavations take place here every year. Major new gallery opened here in 2011.  Vindolanda is one of Europe's most important Roman archeological sites.

Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Northumberland, NE47 7JN
+44 (0)1434 344277
Romand Army Museum

Fantastic family-friendly gallery opened here in 2011.

Bardon Mill, Northumberland, NE47 7JN
01434 344277

A full scale reconstructed bath house introduces visitors to the luxury and sophistication of the Empire.  Located at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall (Wallsend!), the Roman fort at Segedunum is t

Buddle Street, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, NE28 6HR
+44 (0)191 278 4217

'The Roman Frontier: stories beyond Hadrian's Wall ' gallery is a permanent exhibition which showcases Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery’s significant Roman collections along with items on loan f

Castle Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
01228 618718

This is probably the most photographed spot in the whole of Northumberland National Park. Here, a sycamore tree grows in a dramatic dip with Hadrian’s Wall rising up either side.

Henshaw, Northumberland
01434 344525

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30 for 30

To celebrate 30 years of World Hertiage Status, we've put together a list of 30 things to see and do around Hadrian's Wall.



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