The Best Places You Can Visit On Hadrian’s Wall
A fixed barrier of the ROᴍᴀɴ Empire from coast to coast, manned by soldiers and citizens, Hadrian’s Wall is a spectacular feat. A 73-mile-long barrier, stretching across the area from the Solway Firth to Wallsend on the River Tyne, was built over the course of six years beginning in AD 122. Along stunning crags and escarpments, it curves and coils. There were two observation towers, 17 larger forts, and more than 80 milecastles or forts. A six-meter-wide ditch was created to the south.
Segedunum ROᴍᴀɴ Fort, Wallsend
There are no rewards for figuring out how Wallsend, which was originally the easternmost point of Hadrian’s Wall, got its name. The village is located six kilometers (four miles) east of the city’s core, a 10-minute Metro ride from Monument station. Signs at the station are translated into Latin, which was the primary language of the ROᴍᴀɴ Empire as a nod to Wallsend’s historical importance.
Arbeia South Shields ROᴍᴀɴ Fort
The massive fort known to the ROᴍᴀɴs as Arbeia, which was located south of the River Tyne, assisted in securing the eastern edge of Hadrian’s Wall. The excavated fort, which is ten minutes’ walk from South Shields Interchange, has the remains of multiple granaries; supplies were brought along the frontier from Arbeia. This history is told in the little museum, which also features intriguing artifacts like jewelry and altarpieces with carvings.
The Hadrian’s Wall Gallery is located on the ground floor of The Great North Museum: Hancock, one of Newcastle’s most comprehensive museums. The informative website does a fantastic job of describing the development and past of the frontier defenses and presents artifacts that were discovered along the wall. One of these is a stone slab with a Latin inscription indicating the beginning of the barrier’s construction.
Chesters ROᴍᴀɴ Fort
ROᴍᴀɴ rule over Britain began to weaken, and medieval builders began to loot the wall for its ready supply of stone. This explains why the most spectacular portions of the Hadrian’s Wall that survive are found outside of cities. The best-preserved ancient cavalry fort in the UK is Chesters ROᴍᴀɴ Fort, located north of Hexham. It was known as Cilurnum to the ROᴍᴀɴs, who stationed 500 soldiers there to guard it.
Housesteads ROᴍᴀɴ Fort
Walking along the “ROᴍᴀɴ Wall,” as locals refer to it, is one of the most thrilling ways to explore it. One of the best-preserved parts can be walked along from the parking lot of the Housesteads Visitor Center. A footpath ascends to Housesteads ROᴍᴀɴ Fort, which is well-placed for commanding views of the landscape in what is now Northumberland National Park with its forest, meadows, and moors. The interior of the stronghold, which is designed like a playing card, shows the foundations of a barracks and a communal bathroom.