Hadrian’s Wall Great Britain England

Hadrian’s Wall Great Britain England

Map Hadrian's Wall Great Britain England
Map Hadrian's Wall - Great Britain
One of ancient Rome’s most amazing engineering achievements is Hadrian’s Wall located in northern England – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a very popular tourism attraction in northern England.

Hiking Hadrian's Wall Great Britain England
Hiking Hadrian's Wall 
- Great Britain
Taking about 15,000 men, the 73-mile long Hadrian’s Wall was constructed in about 6 years finished in AD128 – that is almost 2,000 years ago! Done while Emperor Hadrian was in power, it was done as a barrier from the Scottish Picts tribes. About every 5 miles, a fort was built and manned by soldiers. Every mile, in between the forts, were smaller watchtowers (milecastles). A tribute to Roman construction, much of the wall still stands today except for places where stones where removed to construct roads.

Roman Fort Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum Great Britain England
Roman Fort at
Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum

The A69 and B6318 roads follow much of Hadrian’s Wall and there are many places to visit. A great place to experience and learn about Hadrian’s Wall is at the nicely done visitor center at Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum. In addition to the wall, ruins of an auxiliary fort are located at Housesteads located near the town of Haydon Bridge. You can use Post Code NE47 6NW to help locate it (note: this post code takes you about 1 mile east of the visitor’s center).

Hadrian's Wall Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum Great Britain England
Hadrian's Wall at 
 Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum 
- Great Britain
Map of Housesteads Roman Fort & Museum
There is a bit of a hike up to the site where you should start with the museum and watch the film. You can learn about the Romans and their time in Britain as well as how life was conducted for nearly 400 years during the Roman occupation. 

You can climb on Hadrian’s Wall and walk among the ruins that have explanations you can read.

Historians debate theories of why Hadrian’s Wall was constructed ranging from defense to immigration control and just projecting Roman power. Many people hike along the wall.

Important driving tip: Because many of the roads in England are smaller country roads with many confusing roundabouts, getting lost is not hard. In fact, it can be fun if you can get back on track.

Here is a wonderful tip... Make sure you have GPS - if from your car rental company ask for a lesson. The postal code in Great Britain typically has enough information to direct you to your hotel or destination. So, look up postal codes for your hotels and destinations so you can enter them in as you go through your day of explorations. We used a centrally located church or hotel for the villages. Sometimes the GPS asks to confirm the street name and number, so also having an address helps. Also, often just putting in the town/village name will take you to the right direction and you can follow signs to the town center.

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