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Heart of Hadrian's Wall

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The Roman invasion of Britain is considered one of the most significant historical events ever to happen to the British Isles and put the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall onto the historical map.

The first Emperor to invade Britain was Julius Caesar in 55BC and the second was Claudius in AD43, who was influential in bringing Roman rule to Britain. But the emperor who has the most significance and influence to the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall, was Hadrian in AD122, when he commenced work on Hadrian’s Wall.

Roman occupation of the British Isle lasted for 400 years, ending around AD410, and during this time bought unity and order to Britain that it had never had before. Here, in the Heart of Hadrian’s Wall you can experience and even see first-hand evidence of this occupation at many of the attractions and events on offer.

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Aydon Castle
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Forts and Castles

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Aydon Castle Tucked away just one mile from the village of Corbridge is Aydon Castle, the perfect location for a family day out. Almost completely intact, it is one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th century English manor house. Set in a...
Birdoswald Fort
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Forts and Castles

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Open daily from March to October. Times may vary. (Visitors with English Heritage membership qualify for an entrance fee discount). The fort at Birdoswald, with surely the most breathtaking position above the river gorge, is well excavated and, most importantly, shows how life continued on the site after the...
Chesters Roman Fort
Forts and Castles

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Chesters Roman Fort is one of the most impressive visitor attractions on Hadrian's Wall and the best preserved Roman cavalary fort in Britain. Built almost 2000 years ago it housed a Roman army garrison who were guarding the nearby bridge across the River Tyne. You can imagine what life...
Heritage
The Hadrian’s Wall corridor, which extends west, from South Shields on the North East Coast, following the line of Hadrian's Wall for 80 Roman miles (73 statute miles or 120 km), from Segedunum at Wallsend on the banks of the River Tyne to the shores of the Solway...
Housesteads Roman Fort
Forts and Castles
Housesteads, known to the Romans as Vercovicium (the place of effective fighters) is the most complete Roman fort in Britain. Set at one of the highest points of Hadrian’s Wall where it climbs to the top of an escarpment, the remains not only convey the spirit of the past...
Vindolanda
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Forts and Castles

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Vindolanda is a fascinating Roman fort and civilian settlement lying just to the south of Hadrian's Wall. You can watch the archaeologists, who are on site seven days a week (weather permitting) from April to mid-September and see artefacts as they are discovered as well has having the opportunity...
Forts and Castles

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Wall section and a surviving piece of turret two and a half metres high, built by men of the Twentieth Legion.
Museums

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Chesters Roman Fort is one of the most impressive visitor attractions on Hadrian's Wall and the best preserved Roman cavalary fort in Britain. Built almost 2000 years ago it housed a Roman army garrison who were guarding the nearby bridge across the River Tyne. You can imagine what life...
Forts and Castles

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Thriving communities built up around Hadrian's Wall, with settlements and forts being established to both feed and provide for both soldiers and the extended community around them. Corbridge was one such flourishing town, and was a vibrant community right up until the end of Roman Britain in the early...
Museums

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Free to enter, this is a firm favourite for both North East residents and visitors alike. 
Museums

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The Great North Museum: Hancock was purpose built in Newcastle as a natural history museum in 1884 to house the growing collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.  
Museums

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Roman Army Museum, Carvoran, Greenhead (Open daily from February to October, times may vary). The fort at Carvoran predated the Wall, housing 1000 men in AD 80, but there is hardly anything left above ground. The Carrick family who farmed there through the 18th and 19th centuries found it...
Natural History

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The Sill is the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed in the Northumberland National Park. The building is the result of an innovative partnership between Northumberland National Park and YHA England and Wales. The Sill is a showcase of local pride and passion. It...
Hadrian's Wall

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Built around 122AD, Willowford Bridge was used to carry both Roman soldiers across the River Irthing, and, excavations have shown that it also supported Hadrian's Wall across the river too. 
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