For those looking to visit the area by train there is a busy rail network stretching from Newcastle on the east coast to Carlisle on the west coast. Both cities link up with the main rail networks from London and Birmingham to the South and from Glasgow and Edinburgh to the North.
The stations at Brampton, Haltwhistle and Hexham all give access to Hadrian’s Wall and the surrounding area.
An hourly bus service (685) runs between Newcastle and Carlisle, stopping at many places within the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall. You can use your bus pass on this service.
You can catch the special AD 122 Hadrian's Wall bus which runs from Easter to the end of October, to all the sites along the Wall - Vindolanda, the Roman Army Museum at Carvoran, Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald. You can use your bus pass on this service.
Arriving by car via the M6 or A1, exit onto the A69 truck road which runs from Carlisle to Newcastle.
There are a mixture pay and display and free car parks across the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall.
- Corbridge has pay and display parking in the heart of the town as well as a large car park situated just over the bridge, with easy access to the town centre.
- Hexham has pay and display parking throughout the town, including a large car park, located near the town centre.
- Haltwhistle has free parking in the town. A large public car park is situated next to Sainsbury's Supermarket, giving pedestrian access to the Market Square. There is also free parking behind the Library on Westgate, which is accessed via the Hospital drive.
- Brampton has a mixture of free and pay and display parking within the town.
- Most of the smaller villages in the area offer free car parking.
- The car parks along the length of Hadrian's Wall offer a mixture of free and pay and display parking.
Northumberland County Council, Cumbria County Council and Northumberland National Park Authority are currently supporting a region wide project to install over 1000 electric vehicle charging points in the North East over the next two years. These will be installed on streets, in car parks, at residential and commercial locations and at retail and leisure facilities. There are a number within the Herat of Hadrian’s Wall area at key attractions and towns.
For more information or to register as a driver of an electric vehicle and receive a personal electronic tag for opening and using charge posts, go to charge your car.
The nearest airport is Newcastle Airport and is well served by a range of airlines, including a number of low cost operators and has a direct connection to Newcastle train station.
What better way to visit and explore the Heat of Hadrian’s Wall then by bike.
So, what are the options? Let’s start with the big ones led by the 174-mile Hadrian’s Cycleway, which snakes its way along Hadrian’s Wall. It’s a cycleway that knits together existing shorter cycle routes, quiet roads and off-road tracks. Clearly signposted, the Cycleway takes you near many major Roman sites, and other attractions are just a short turn of the wheel from the main route.
The Sea to Sea (C2C) and Reivers cycle routes both run from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. They dip into Hadrian’s Wall Country and are a great way to get a flavour of northern England. The Pennine Cycleway goes along the backbone of England straight through Haltwhistle (perfect for the glorious central section of the Wall and its landscape); the charming National Byway meanders around Britain, passing through Hexham and the North Tyne valley.
Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail is the long-distance footpath that runs through the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall. Connecting the east coast with the west coast it offers 84 miles of glorious walking through rugged moorland, rolling fields and dynamic urban landscape.