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History lovers beware – aside from the endless fascinations of Hadrian’s Wall itself, there are many monuments, ruins, churches, priories, forts and grand homes to visit in this part of the world. You may need some extra time but this 2000-year-old story is worth it!

See Carlisle Castle, built on a formerly Roman site in the late 11th century and the scene of many bloody battles thanks to its close proximity to the border -  the city walls aren’t there just to look nice. Stick with Cumbria for a visit to Wetheral Priory Gatehouse, a 15th century building that has survived exceptionally well and was previously a Benedictine priory.

If you’re eastward bound, the castle of Newcastle is a must. Comprised of the Castle Keep, England’s finest Norman Keep, a fortified stone tower, and the Black Gate, a fortified gatehouse, the castle is built where the Pons Aelius, Hadrian’s bridge across the Tyne, once stood. Just a few miles upstream on the Tyne, Prudhoe Castle is another early Medieval monument built to guard against the threat of Scottish invasion. One of the most popular and peaceful non-Roman sites along the frontier is Lanercost Priory. Set in a stunning patch of rural Cumbria, this 13th century church is built of Roman stone and parts of it survive to its original height.

As well as the monuments themselves, the towns and villages scattered along the Wall offer a warm welcome to visitors, along with plenty of local history. Market town Hexham buzzes with cafés, shops and restaurants, plus a hearty dose of heritage. Hexham Abbey’s history winds back to the 12th century, while its Old Gaol, as the oldest purpose-built prison in England, offers a spine-tingling insight into medieval crime and punishment. By contrast, the charming settlements on the western coast offer an entirely different set of experiences. Bowness-on-Solway is a real highlight.  Built on the Roman site of Fort Maia, this pretty coastal village is complete with a Norman church and lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Further west still, the father of Robert the Bruce, the famous son who defeated the English at Bannockurn, is buried in the recently restored Home Cultram Abbey.

Hadrian’s Wall is the spine of history and heritage that defines this wonderful stretch of landscape but beyond the Wall, there’s much more to do and discover in this frontier land.

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The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre
Located on Hadrian’s Wall, The Sill is here to welcome and help you understand our wonderfully diverse landscapes, inspiring you to go further and find your own adventure in the great outdoors.
Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 7AN
01434 341200

Museum of toy soldiers and military history on the Hadrians Wall Trail. Roman section includes a model of a milecastle.

1 Marine Terrace, Criffell St, Silloth, Cumbria. CA7 4BZ
016973 31246

The Ravenglass & Eskdale Steam Railway is one of the oldest and longest narrow gauge railways in the world.

Ravenglass, Cumbria, CA18 1SW
01229 717171
Prudhoe Castle view from moat

Prudhoe Castle has many a story to tell to the intrepid visitor.

Prudhoe Castle, Castle View, Prudhoe, Northumberland, NE42 6NA
1661 833459

Walltown Country Park lies on the line of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland National Park. 

Northumberland National Park Authority, Eastburn, South Park, Hexham NE461BS
01434 605555

A great starting point to walk to Milecastle 42 and a fine stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. 

01434 605555

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