Explore Hadrian’s Wall Country
Newcastle upon Tyne is a vibrant, friendly and cultural city that is situated to the east of Hadrian’s Wall Country.
With fantastic rail and air links, Newcastle is easily accessible from all areas of the UK and worldwide. Newcastle International Airport is situated just 15 minutes from the city centre and the main rail station, Central Station, is located in the heart of the city.
Many of Newcastle's finest hotels are within walking distance of the city's main attractions and you may wish to stay in the popular Malmaison, Hotel Du Vin or Hilton NewcastleGateshead to experience all that this cosmopolitan city has to offer.
A short train or bus journey will take you to two of Hadrian's Wall Country's most popular sites - Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum and Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum. You may also wish to visit The Great North Museum, which is located in the heart of the city and close to Newcastle's main shopping district.
Newcastle's Quayside provides fantastic views of the city's famous bridges, in addition to key landmarks such as The Sage and BALTIC. With a range of high-end restaurants and bars, you can sit alongside the River Tyne and watch the world go by whilst enjoying a drink or two; you may also wish to dine alfresco!
Newcastle is renowned for its vibrant nightlife, offering something to suit all tastes. There are an array of wine and cocktail bars located close to Central Station and the Quayside, in addition to many restaurants serving award-winning food from across the world. The Theatre Royal is also a popular attraction for those wishing to see one of the latest West End shows.
There are many exciting attractions located outside of central Newcastle. A short train journey will take you to the town of Hexham where you can use the AD122 bus to visit sites such as Chesters and Housesteads Roman Forts.
A trip to one of the nearby market towns will offer visitors a taste of rural northern life. With many places to eat and drink, Corbridge and Hexham are often popular choices for a day out or overnight stay. All of these towns offer a mix of boutique shops, intimate dining locations and eateries that are complemented by a traditional and welcoming country ambience.
The west side of Hadrian’s Wall Country offers stunning views, market towns and acres of unspoilt landscape.
It is common for people to make the trip to Hadrian's Wall Country by train, before hiring a car to fully explore all that this beautiful area has to offer. There are also many bus links to ensure that you have easy access to all of Hadrian's Wall's main attractions.
When visiting the west side of the Wall visitors often wish to stay in the city of Carlisle. Centrally located hotels, such as the Hallmark or Crown and Mitre, provide the ideal location to fully explore all this historic city and its surrounding areas have to offer.
One of Carlisle's most famous destinations is the Historic Quarter. Located in central Carlisle, the Historic Quarter is home to many of the city's famous landmarks including Carlisle Cathedral, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and Carlisle's historic West Walls.
Famous for being Britain's second oldest city, Carlisle offers stunning architecture that houses many shops and cafes renowned for their welcoming atmosphere and locally produced goods.
To fully appreciate the beauty of this historic city you may wish to explore Carlisle on foot by taking a walk alongside the riverside. Here you will find an eclectic mix of boutique gift shops, art galleries and tearooms that can be explored at your leisure.
You may also wish to escape the busy city centre crowds and visit some of Hadrian's Wall's more tranquil locations. The beautiful Lanercost Priory is located close to the town of Brampton and provides a picturesque snapshot of 12th-century England. Take your time to explore the Priory's vicarage and church before visiting Abbey Farm, which has recently been renovated to include a contemporary country tearoom, restaurant, farm shop, gift shop and gallery.
Approximately five miles from Lanercost Priory lies Birdoswald Roman Fort - the longest remaining stretch of Hadrian's Wall. With interactive displays and artefacts, as well as a representation of the wall at its full height, Birdoswald will give a truly unique view of Hadrian's Wall in all of its glory. Make sure you also visit Birdoswald's tearoom where you can enjoy homemade cakes and treats whilst looking out onto the countryside and admiring the local wildlife.
Whist visiting Hadrian's Wall Country you will find a range of restaurants, bistros and fine dining outlets, many of which specialise in using the finest local produce. With something to suit everyone, your trip is guaranteed to provide an exciting, relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable break.
Hadrian’s Wall Country provides a range of activities suitable for all ages. There are lots of hotels and lodges that offer self-catering facilities, ideal for those travelling with teenagers or young children.
Staying in the vicinity of towns such as Hexham, Corbridge or Haltwhistle provides easy access to Hadrian's Wall's main attractions such as Walltown and Roman Army Museum, Housesteads Roman Fort and Roman Vindolanda.
The recently refurbished Roman Vindolanda is renowned as one of Europe's most important archaeological sites and offers the opportunity for visitors to explore Roman life on the edge of the Empire.
You may also wish to visit the longest remaining stretch of Hadrian's Wall, which is found at Birdoswald Roman Fort. With interactive displays and artefacts, as well as a representation of the wall at its full height, Birdoswald will give a truly unique view of Hadrian's Wall in all of its glory. Make sure you also visit Birdoswald's tearoom where you can enjoy homemade cakes and treats whilst looking out onto the countryside and admiring the local wildlife.
In addition to Hadrian's Wall's main attractions there are a range of English Heritage Sites nearby, including Prudhoe Castle and Aydon Castle. There are also several National Trust sites located in the surrounding areas - all of which can be explored at your leisure.
Just short drive from the Wall is Newcastle upon Tyne. Offering regular events and exhibitions, you may wish to visit the city's famous attractions such as The Sage Gateshead, BALTIC and The Great North Museum.
A short train, car or bus journey from Newcastle will take you to two further Hadrian's Wall sites - Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum and Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum. Both offer further insight into Hadrian's Wall and the heritage and history of the landmark.
There are many family-friendly places to dine in Hadrian's Wall Country. Larger cities such as Newcastle and Carlisle offer cuisines from across the world, whereas smaller towns and villages boast country pubs, restaurants and bistros.
To complete your visit to Hadrian's Wall Country, you may wish to take a walk along the National Trail. Areas between Brampton and Corbridge offer unforgettable views of the countryside and show the remains of Hadrian's Wall in all of their glory.