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Heart of Hadrian's Wall

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Forts and Castles

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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 beautiful...

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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...

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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...
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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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)...
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...

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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...
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...

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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...

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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...
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...

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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...
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...

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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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