Hadrian’s Wall and the edge of the Roman Empire

No visit to the north-east would be complete without at least a glimpse of Hadrian’s Wall, once of the most northerly outpost of the vast Roman Empire. On a panoramic tour you will hear stories which bring the area to life –we can only imagine the hardships faced by those brave men 2000 years ago.

The Roman legacy is still with us- the remains of many Roman Forts can still be visited along the line of the wall and several museums bring the archaeology to life.

Housesteads Fort, the highest on the wall, has a very well preserved Roman latrine, a communal affair in those days! And Chesters has the best preserved military Bath house in Britain, flushing straight into the river North Tyne. Not far away is Vindolanda – the only place along the wall still carrying out archaeological excavations, and the home of the famous Vindolanda Tablets, giving us great insights to the lives of the soldiers and civilians along the wall.

Every summer archaeologists and volunteers from around the world work together to make new discoveries- recent finds have included a pair of Roman boxing gloves and a Roman toilet seat!

If you fancy stretching your legs we can walk along a section of the Hadrian’s wall path. Some short flat sections are easily accessible or if you are feeling more adventurous, we can trek to see the sycamore tree which was made famous by Kevin Costner in the film Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves.

Nearby, there are some historic local pubs serving up a hearty lunch – or maybe visit the town of Hexham with its beautiful Medieval Abbey and Visitor centre or have afternoon tea on one of Corbridge’s quaint cafes.