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Whatever your interests, we have something for you here at The Heart of Hadrian's Wall. Why not visit one of the many museums or galleries and discover our Roman and Reiver history or perhaps you would prefer walking or cycling through the vast open landscape.

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Tynemouth Castle and Priory on the coast of North East England was once one of the largest fortified areas in England. Overlooking the North Sea and the River Tyne, it dominates the headland. With its 2000 year history and beautiful views it is the perfect location for a family...
Edlingham Castle

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Edlingham Castle dates mainly from the 14th century, although a manor house of the 13th century is probably concealed beneath the later building. The earliest standing remains are those of the hall house, built about in 1300 by Sir William Felton at a time when Northumberland was relatively peaceful....
Newcastle Castle
A hugely important structure in Newcastle's history, Newcastle Castle has had a chequered history, but the site itself has been in use since Roman times.
Warkworth Castle

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The pre-Norman history of the site at Warkworth is still not entirely clear, but it's fairly likely that there was a settlement there back to at least the 8th century, probably utilised by the Anglo-Saxon Earls of Northumbria. The first written record of Warkworth Castle occurs...
Norham Castle

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For 450 years Norham Castle, first built in the 12th century, was one of the great English strongholds along the river Tweed, a barrier against the Scots. The Scots besieged it nine times, capturing it on four occasions. The remains of the impressive great tower still reveal signs of...
Etal Castle

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Set in the charming village of Etal by a ford over the River Till, this Northumberland castle is more important that the current ruins imply. Built by Robert Manners as a defence against Scots raiders in the mid 14th century, it fell to James IV's invading Scots army in...
Dunstanburgh Castle

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An awe-inspiring sight, Dunstanburgh Castle stands proudly at the edge of the coast, and although is now in ruins, has been proven in the last one hundred years to have been in use for much longer than originally thought. Built in the early 14th century by...
Bamburgh Castle

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Bamburgh Castle has a long and fascinating history, with the area being occupied from pre-historic times, to the Votadini, the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and Normans, to the present day, where as well as being an imposing and remarkable structure, it is also a family home to the Armstrong family. ...
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

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The Sill features exhibitions, learning & event spaces, café, a world-class Youth Hostel, business hub and a shop showcasing local crafts and produce. The Sill is the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre at Once Brewed in the Northumberland National Park. The building is the result...

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The largest Iron Age hill fort in Northumberland, Yeavering Bell sits at the top of a high hill on the edge of the Cheviot Hills, within Northumberland National Park. The 'Bell' is actually the entire hill, at the top of which is an area of about 5.6 hectares surrounded...

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

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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.  

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One of the best-preserved turrets on the line of Hadrian's Wall, with a stretch of wall 70 yards long, and two and a half metres high, built by men of the Twentieth Legion. Brunton Turret is about 20 mins walk from Chesters Roman Fort.

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The birthplace of Thomas Bewick, the cottage and farmhouse of Bewick is perhaps Northumberland’s greatest artist: a wood engraver and naturalist who revolutionised print art in Georgian England. Set in a tranquil garden with views across the Tyne Valley, Cherryburn is surrounded by the natural world that inspired his...

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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...
George Stephenson’s Cottage

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This quaint small stone cottage was built circa 1760 to accommodate mining families. The furnishings reflect the year the great rail pioneer, George Stephenson, was born here (1781), when his whole family lived in the one room. The property is managed by the National Trust. Don't miss...
Beamish Museum

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Beamish is a wonderful place that brings history to life but you must allow a full day to fully experience the extent of the exhibits, and even then you may not see everything in one visit! Beamish Museum contains an operational tramway with historic trams which...
Vindolanda
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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...
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...

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Further away, but well worth the trip, is the castle at Bewcastle, built on the site of a Roman camp – and don't miss the 7th century carved Celtic Cross beside the austere little church (one of three such crosses in the Borders; one at Ruthven in Dumfriesshire beautifully...
St Giles Church, Chollerton

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The building is Grade 1 listed and dates from c.1100. It has splendid Roman Columns on the south side and pillars on the north side. Woodwork also dates from the Jacobean period and a number of Roman Artefacts are built into the walls. A Roman Altar is housed in...
Birdoswald Fort
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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...

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Our permanent displays are based on our five main collections: The Border Counties Railway 1862-1958 comprised 42 miles of track from Hexham on the River Tyne to Riccarton, across the Scottish border, and had a marked impact on life in a previously remote area. A...
Langley Castle

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Langley Castle stands about two miles south of Haydon Bridge on the A686 road to Alston. It is at least 600 years old and is now run as a hotel. Langley’s history pre-dates the tower by some 200 years. It is known to have been the centre of a...
St Mungo’s Church, Simonburn

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This is a beautiful church with a long history of worship by local families. There are numerous Kempe stained windows as well as the important memorials. The church has many Northumbrian characteristics with a western bellcote rather than a tower, a chancel almost as long as the four bay...
Chesters Roman Fort

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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...

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Chipchase Castle is a 17th-century Jacobean mansion incorporating a substantial 14th-century Pele Tower which stands north of Hadrian’s Wall, near Bellingham. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building. Chipchase Castle, with its spectacular views, is a privately owned family home. The house is open...
St Martin's Church, Brampton

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St Martin's Church was built in 1878 to replace an earlier one on the same site, which had been erected in 1789. Prior to that the Parish Church had been on the site of a Roman fort a mile and a half away to the north west, beside the...

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The building of Hexham Gaol was ordered June 1330 making it the oldest purpose-built prison in England. It held prisoners captured in Hexhamshire - the area ruled over by the Archbishop of York - and his Bailiff and officials ran the Shire on his behalf from the nearby Moothall....
St Cuthbert's Church, Greenhead

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St Cuthbert’s Church was built as a Chapel of Ease in 1827 to 1828 during the incumbency of the Rev N J Hollingsworth. It is thanks to his passion and enthusiasm that the chapel was built. A chapel of ease is a church building other than the main church...
St Aidan’s Church, Thockrington

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St Aidan’s Church in Thockrington. The building dates back from the 11th century. It is situated on an outcrop of the whinsill and silhouetted against the skyline. Pevsner describes the church as “high up and solitary except for one farm. The church has “lost” its village possibly through a...

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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...

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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...
Lanercost Priory

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Lanercost Priory, founded in 1166 and disbanded during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. Edward I stayed at Lanercost in 1307 during one of his journeys to fight the Scots but he was too ill to continue and died shortly afterwards at Burgh by...

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Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. A fusion of old and new awaits you, from the beautiful Old Tullie House, a classical Grade One Listed Jacobean building to the Border Galleries, full of exciting...

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On the north side of the ridge of the Whin Sill, on which sits Hadrian’s Wall, there is an area of marshland called Fogy Moss, which in the Middle Ages housed the castle of Sewingshields. All that remains today is an island of firm ground which rises from the...

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Featherstone Castle, now a private residence, stands just over two miles to the south of Haltwhistle. The oldest part of the castle still standing dates back to the 14th century is a tower built by Thomas de Featherstonehaugh in the 1320’s. The most recent additions date from the 19th...
Holy Cross Church, Haltwhistle

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The Church of the Holy Cross is a very fine and original example of early 13th century architecture. Its importance lies in it being of one style, built in one period, and the restoration carried out by R J Johnson in 1870 shows sympathetic judgment. The plan of the...
St Oswald’s Church, Heavenfield

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St Oswald’s church – Heavenfield is on the site of what is believed to be the location where King Oswald raised a large wooden cross and called his troops to pray before the battle of Heavenfield (AD 633) The significance of the battle of Heavenfield lies in the re-establishment...
Hexham Abbey

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There has been a church on this site over for 1300 years since Queen Etheldreda made a grant of lands to Wilfrid, Bishop of York c.674.

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Triermain, now just a ruin, lies just a few miles west of Gilsland and was build in the 14th century to defend the Barony of Guilsland from attacks by the Liddesdale Armstrongs and Elliotts during the Border Reiving days. It is thought to be the inspiration for a ballad...

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Williamoteswick (or Willmontswick) is a fortified manorhouse situated on the south side of the South Tyne near Bardon Mill and is clearly visible as you travel east. The Willmontswick family occupied the Manor in the 12th century until it passed to the Ridley family in 1279. It is generally...

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At Blenkinsopp Castle (probably originally called Blencan's Hope, i.e. valley) near Greenhead, the resident ghost is a White Lady who is reputed to be trapped as a spirit which cannot be released until the treasure which she hid from her husband, (thought to have been booty from the Crusades)...

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Bellister Castle close to the South Tyne stands on a partly man-made mount and was owned by Robert de Ros and his descendants from 1191 to 1295. There is a very old Sycamore tree in front of the west side of the castle which is known as the ‘Hanging...
Housesteads Roman Fort
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...
St Giles Church, Birtley

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There was probably a wooden Saxon Church dating from the 7th century. The original stone one was erected on the present site by the Umfravilles, Lords of Prudhoe and “keepers of Redesdale”; It was consecrated in 1900. The north chancel wall and the chancel arch date from the medieval...
St Cuthbert’s Church, Bellingham

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The church in the middle of the town dates back to 1180 and is a grade 1 listed building. Once belonging to the great parish of Simonburn, it became a separate entity in 1650. It was laid to waste during the border wars with Scotland and then neglected. In...
Thirlwall Castle

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Explore Thirlwall Castle (the name means the Break in the Wall), an odd one because the Roman stones with which it was built (they were very handy, after all, and probably came from a bridge) were really too small for such a tall structure. No wonder, really, that so...
Aydon Castle
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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...
St George's Church, Wall

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St George's is a Victorian stone church situated on the village green in the picturesque village of Wall. It was built in 1896 saving the villagers the mile and a half walk to worship at Heavenfield. It was built on the site of a former heather thatched cottage.  Unusually...
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