Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort

A trip out to the historic Hadrian’s Wall & Housesteads Fort in Northumberland overseen by National Trust is not for solely the military buffs.

While of course any trip out would include witnessing the great expanses that featured Roman outposts, the encompassing scenery is enough to make nature lovers swoon. Along the wall on both sides is no shortage of greenery and you can see for miles and miles these lush and bountiful shoots.

Still a major draw is of course Hadrian’s Wall, which was erected in AD122, and as you stroll beside it you can envision that you are transported back to an era long gone.

There are numerous archaeological relics to also take into account when you come to Hadrian’s Wall and you can take this opportunity to pass on a bit of lore to your children as they not only learn about the wall itself but other artefacts pertinent to the Roman military culture and development.

Hadrian’s Wall further contains a total of sixteen distinct bases and the one of particular interest to visitors is of course Housesteads Fort. This is because of the fact that it has stood up to the test of time the best of them all and you can truly feel the Roman ambiance in its presence.

When you come you may be lucky enough to take part in one of the organized National Trust festivities that occur throughout the year, and to find out more details and specific dates you should do well to check out the calendar on-line. It is opened up to the public all days of the week from 10am to 4pm and those hours will be extended until 6pm starting the first of April.

Bring the entire family, enjoy a pleasurable stroll along Hadrian’s Wall, and perhaps even bring a picnic lunch; everyone will be excited and come back home a bit wiser too.

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  • The Wall covers some 82 miles from coast to coast and there is a great variety of scenery. Between Greenhead and Chollerford you get the best views as it follows the Whin Sill. Would suggest that you bring wet weather clothing as it can sometimes be a little wintry up here. Vindolanda offers exhibits under cover in case of poor weather.

  • I have never been far enough north to see Hadrian’s Wall but it has long been something I’d like to do. It has such a vast history that I feel it’s something not to be missed – I’ll be visiting as soon as I can – while the varying countryside on either side of the wall would be wonderful to explore and see.

  • ‘Hadrian’s Wall and Housesteads Fort’ is well worth a visit when driving from Stranraer to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to deposit your student son or daughter. The scenery is outstanding and the history of the Wall intriguing.

  • I’ve always yearned to walk the length of Hadrians wall, dressed as a centurian. OK – not dressed as a centurian – but this has re-awoken the yearnings. Think I’m going to do it this summer

  • I have also never been to Hadrian’s Wall, but it sounds amazing and is definately something i want to do in the not too distant future.

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