Hadrian's Wall


Hadrian's Wall

Erected by the Romans in AD 122 to keep the ‘barbarians’ out under the orders of Emperor Hadrian, this mighty stone wall once stretched nearly 80 miles (128km) from coast-to-coast in the north of England. It took three legions of men at least six years to complete.

It was built in an east-west direction, from Wallsend and Newcastle on the River Tyne in the east, ending at Bowness-on-Solway on Solway Firth.

Now part of a 150-mile (241km) UNESCO World Heritage Site with much of the structure still surviving, it’s the country’s most spectacular and important Roman monument - remaining impressive today, set amongst the wild beauty of the Cumbrian and Northumbrian landscape. It’s not just a wall though – various forts, castles, barracks and ramparts can be found along it and visited, some with museums attached.

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