Hadrian's Wall Country and Covid 19/Coronavirus information. Please find current statements from Hadrian's Wall Country and by the World Heritage Site Coordinator, and information for businesses operating along Hadrian's Wall, with links to funding and support.
Hadrian’s Wall Country Coronavirus/COVID-19 Statement
*** Visiting Attractions on Hadrian’s Wall: Coronavirus/COVID-19 ***
We would like to thank the Wall's communities, and visitors for continuing to be understanding and responsible during this time.
Currently some Hadrian’s Wall attractions with open spaces are able to welcome back pre-booked visitors or offer a takeaway service. As the Government continues to ease lock-down restrictions, Hadrian's Wall attractions are continuing to look at how we can gradually reopen our visitor facilities and spaces.
We would like to ask that visitors are responsible and continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines when visiting, what is a living and working landscape on the Wall.
Below is outlined information for visitor attractions, what to expect when visiting, dates, and booking details:
Northumberland National Park Authority: https://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/
- The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre (shop, toilets, temporary exhibition and picnic area) will open 9am -4pm from Friday 26th June (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
- Walltown Country Park - Kiosk and toilets and picnic areas are open 9am – 4pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday only)
Vindolanda Trust: Pre-Booking required. For information and booking https://www.vindolanda.com/how-to-visit-us
- Vindolanda. Take away refreshments, Archaeological site, gardens open for long weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
- Roman Army Museum and the rest of Roman Vindolanda to re-open on Saturday 4th July, initially for 4 days each week (Friday-Monday).
From July 4th more Hadrian’s Wall sites are reopening. Booking is now open for the four English Heritage Sites on the Wall. Numbers are limited and booking is essential for visiting. Currently 205 free-to enter sites, and 46 paying English Heritage sites are open.
Learn more about visiting English Heritage Wall sites here:
In order to book to visit:
- Chesters Roman Fort - Book Now https://bit.ly/3enzGel
- Corbridge Roman Town - Book Now https://bit.ly/2B0QSrn
- Birdoswald Roman Fort - Book Now https://bit.ly/2Bqjvya
- Housesteads Roman Fort - Book Now https://bit.ly/3107Y3o
National Trust on Hadrian’s Wall
Housesteads is run jointly between the National Trust and English Heritage, National Trust Members can book a time slot to visit House steads for free through the English Hertiage link above. For more information please see: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hadrians-wall-and-houseste…
Currently the Senhouse Museum remains closed to the public. However, for more information and to see online exhibitions of the collection please head to http://www.senhousemuseum.co.uk/
Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums (TWAM)
Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort, and Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum will Reopen 27th of July.
The Great North Musuem: Hancock will reopen 1st of September.
For more in formation on visiting: https://www.twmuseums.org.uk/planning-your-visit
Hadrian’s Wall Visitor Survey.
At this time although TWAM venues remain closed (Hadrian’s Wall sites of Arbeia, Segedunum, and the Great North Museum) if you would like to get involved we would like to hear from you
If you have 5 to 10 minutes, please fill out the TWAM visitor survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/museumopening
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery: Be part of Cumbria’s Covid19 Collection.
Tullie House is looking for the public to help tell the story of Cumbria during the current pandemic, If you live in Carlisle and Cumbria, to be part of the Covid19 Collection, find out more here: https://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/events/covid-19-collection
If you need further information on current developments please consult our partners’ websites: English Heritage, National Trust, Vindolanda Trust, Northumberland National Park Authority, Tyne and Wear Museums, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, and The Senhouse Museum
The Ordinance Survey offers correlated data and information on visiting regions: https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/covid/
*** Walking and Cycling on Hadrian’s Wall: Coronavirus/COVID-19 ***
Hadrian’s Wall continues to facilitate access to beautiful open spaces, nature, and history. Northumberland National Park Carparks are open, although visitor facilities at this time are reduced. Information about cycling The Wall can be found here, and walking routes here. A downloadable pdf of walking routes along Hadrian’s Wall is also available here
When walking or cycling in the countryside, please remember to follow the countryside code and act responsibly.
You can do this by:
- Leaving no trace of your visit and taking all litter home
- Not using barbecues as they risk causing wildfires
- Keeping dogs under control and on a lead when you are around livestock
- Leaving gates as you find them and following instructions on signs
- Keeping to footpaths, bridleways and byways and following signs where they suggest alternative routes
*** Public Transport on Hadrian’s Wall: Coronavirus/COVID-19 ***
Public transport services to access Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site are continuing to run across the line of The Wall. However, due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, bus operators have introduced new timetables and appropriate social distancing measures. While using public transport it is compulsory to wear a face covering. At this time rail travel remains solely for Essential Travel only.
We can now confirm that the AD122 Hadrian's Wall Bus will be starting to run a daily timetable from Saturday the 4th of July between Hexham and Haltwistle for the summer of 2020. Please be aware that for public safety the AD122 will be operating with social distancing restrictions which will limit the passenger capacity on the buses and that use of public transport at this time remains primarily for essential travel only.
A revised timetable for the 2020 season can be found here: https://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/file/documents/ad122timeswebjuly2020-v2pdf
Please check service providers’ websites for the latest updates. Links to transport providers can be found on the Hadrian’s Wall Country Travel pages: https://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/travel
***Accommodation, Pubs, Restaurants, and Shopping: Coronavirus/COVID-19 ***
As of Saturday 4th July 2020, Holiday accommodation - including hotels, B&Bs, cottages, campsites and caravan parks will be able to reopen. You can find accommodation providers on the Wall here: https://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/stay
Highstreet shops, restaurants and pubs in England will also be allowed to reopen if adhering to safety guidelines, such as protective equipment for staff, limiting the number of customers at any one time, placing protective coverings, and heightened cleaning schedules. To find out what’s available on the Wall follow the link: https://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/visit/eating-and-drinking
Visit Britain has recently launched the ‘Good to Go’ industry standard and supporting mark for businesses which demonstrate they are adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance, have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment, and check they have the required processes in place. For more information: https://www.visitbritain.org/were-good-go-industry-standard-all-sectors-tourism-industry
*** When Visiting Hadrian’s Wall ***
Hadrian’s Wall, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, exists for the public good. Having access to cultural and heritage sites at any time can be beneficial in helping wellbeing and Hadrian’s Wall continues to be available to benefit public mental and physical health.
Hadrian’s Wall for 2000 years has been and continues to be a living, working landscape, and so on behalf of Hadrian’s Walls communities, we ask that all visitors please be mindful and follow advice from central government departments, Public Health England and visitor attractions where appropriate.
When considering visiting we ask visitors take the following steps, which are consistent with UK Government advice:
- If you have received a positive coronavirus/COVID19 test result, are suffering from a recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature (temperature above 37.8C) as well as recent loss of taste and/or smell, current advice is to stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. Members of the Household who remain must stay at home for 14 days.
- Wash your hands often, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water. Particularly after coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Hand sanitizer can be used if that’s all you have access to.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands). Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitizing gel.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
- Please maintain social distancing of 1+ meters
- If in an enclosed space or using public transport, please wear a face covering
Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site and Coronavirus: A Statement by the World Heritage Site Coordinator.
I hope this message finds you well.
My name is John Scott, I am the Management Plan Coordinator for the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site.
I have wanted to wait before sending out this message, so as not to get in the way of the immensely important guidance from our respective health authorities, guidance that we should all follow to protect ourselves and our communities. No words that I can add can really express the importance of doing our best and playing our role in combating this difficult situation.
In my role, I have the opportunity to work alongside the hundreds of partners who are dedicated to conserving, researching, and sharing this special place called Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, so people can discover and learn from it now and into the future. We all enjoy our jobs and take the responsibilities of these roles very seriously. However, we unfortunately find ourselves in a time that is very far from normal for all of us and so I wanted to say a few words on behalf of the cast of thousands that call beautiful Hadrian’s Wall Country home, and for who it is a way of life, be they business and organisations, both big and small, or the many individuals with incredibly strong personal connections.
Over the last week our various partners have justly followed UK government advice and temporarily closed their doors to help fight the spread of COVID-19. For the people at these sites, this is their livelihood and their passion. I have had a chance to talk with a number of people from across the World Heritage Site and one thing comes through time and again, which is just how desperately sad they are not to be able to share this special place with you at this moment in time. So much of their time and energy is put into preparations every year, getting ready for the sunshine, and the chance to welcome you through their doors, and 2020 was no different, until now.
So with that in mind, while we are unable to welcome you in person, we plan to come to you via our website and social media channels. We will do our best to share stories and pictures from across the World Heritage Site, maybe we can introduce you to some of the people that make this place what it is, especially those people you don’t get to normally see but who play an important role in making the area ‘tick’. We will try and bring you stories from east to west, historical and modern, with plenty of gorgeous pictures so you are in the know. If you are a regular visitor then maybe we can highlight some old favourites and help you discover new places. If you have always wanted to visit then we will try and bring some inspiration so you get the most out of that first trip and hopefully you can all share your own stories of Hadrian’s Wall to help others plan their next adventure.
We also promise to use our time here to plan to make Hadrian’s Wall the best it possibly can be, and ready for your return. We have events to plan, learning programmes to develop, signs to replace, and the National Trail will look even more special given an extra bit of time to rest.
So, all we ask in return is that you seriously follow all the government’s advice, so that we can halt this virus in its tracks and once it’s safe to do so, we can welcome you back to share this amazing place.
World Heritage Site Coordinator
Hadrian’s Wall Country: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Statement
Due to the unprecedented circumstances of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic we cannot reccomend visiting Hadrian's Wall, at this time.
Hadrian's Wall Country is operating within current government guidance which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The latest advice from the NHS regarding the virus can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
Hadrian’s Wall, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, exists for the public good. We will continue to promote our cultural and heritage assets through digital means at this time.
The health and safety of visitors, staff, and residents is the main priority of all organisations operating along the line of Hadrian’s Wall and we will continue to act in accordance with the published guidelines issued by the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England.
Funding and Support for Businesses and Organisations along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site
Information and useful links can be found here: https://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/media/news/hadrian%E2%80%99s-wall-world-heritage-site-covid-19coronavirus-information-and-support-businesses
The northern frontier of a mighty empire that once covered the known world.
For around three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant, multi-cultured frontier sprawling almost 80 miles coast-to-coast. Built by a force of 15,000 men in under six years, it’s as astounding today for its sheer vision as it is for its engineering. Milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts punctuate a diverse landscape that provides a dramatic backdrop.
Explore bath houses, turrets and shrines, visit galleries and museums and watch live excavations uncover fresh details of ancient Roman Britain before your eyes. However you discover it, Hadrian’s Wall is a unique, must-see monument and a remarkable place to experience.