Towns and Villages

There is more to Hadrian's Wall Country than its world-famous monument. From West Coast to East Coast there are many towns and villages to discover and explore. From big cities on big rivers to tucked away hamlets there is something for everyone to find and enjoy.

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A picturesque seaside village in the Solway Coast AONB, its sand and shingle beach and wide crescent  bay make it a popular place for kite-surfers, wind-surfers, walkers and horse riders.

Cumbria Coast
Carlisle

A city steeped in history Carlisle is known as the ‘great border city’ and today is a vibrant place with great shops, a variety of places to eat and drink, and lots of culture from museums and gall

Cumbria
Gateshead

Gateshead is home to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge linking Newcastle and Gateshead Quays, The Sage Gateshead, a landmark building on the banks of the River Tyne is an international home for music

Tyne and Wear
Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle – a great city - once in the forefront of 19th century industrial innovation, now, the forefront of technical innovation, leisure and culture.

Tyne and Wear
South Shields

South Shields is a popular coastal area on the South banks of the River Tyne with stunning cliff tops and award winning beaches as well as awe-inspiring Roman and maritime history.

Tyne and Wear
Wallsend

Wallsend derives its name as the location of the end of Hadrian's Wall. The town hosted the fort Segedunum which protected the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall.

Tyne and Wear
Ravenglass

An ancient coastal village located within the Lake District National Park and nestled on the estuaries of three rivers; the Esk, the Irt and the Mite, Ravenglass was recognised as far back as Roman

Cumbria
Allonby

A picturesque seaside village in the Solway Coast AONB, its sand and shingle beach and wide crescent  bay make it a popular place for kite-surfers, wind-surfers, walkers and horse riders.

Cumbria
Bardon Mill

Bardon Mill is a village in Northumberland. It is situated to the west of Haydon Bridge and Hexham, on the River South Tyne.

Northumberland
Brampton

Just south of Hadrian’s Wall Brampton is a picturesque market town surrounded by a landscape that’s perfect for walking and cycling.

Cumbria
Haltwhistle

A main stopping point for visitors to Hadrian's Wall, Haltwhistle is a small, welcoming town in the west of Northumberland served by the A69 Newcastle to Carlisle road and the Tyne Valley rail line

Northumberland
Hexham

Hexham is an historic, bustling town in the heart of the Tyne Valley.

Northumberland
Lanercost

In the peaceful Irthing Valley and close to the route of Hadrian’s Wall, Lanercost is well known for its 12th century Augustine Priory and royal connections.

Cumbria
Maryport

With a heritage closely connected to the sea, Maryport played an important part in Roman Britain. The natural harbour and sea defences made it a perfect location for a Roman fort; Aluana.

Cumbria Coast
Silloth

It is thought that the Cistercian monks of Holm Cultram Abbey gave Silloth its name; they stored their grain in barns here, known as ‘lathes’ - ‘sea-lathes’ as it was by the coast.

Cumbria Coast
Workington

A lively town with a great mix of high street and local shops, theatres and public street art. The name is thought to come from an Anglican chieftain 'Weork'.

Cumbria Coast

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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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