Hadrian's Wall Country
Roman Heritage Sites

Roman Heritage Sites

The large majority of Hadrian’s Wall heritage sites are under the care and protection of English Heritage. If you are planning a visit to Hadrian’s Wall and intend to visit a number of historical sites, you may want to consider joining English Heritage and buying an annual membership where you could save on entrance fees overall.

Through Cumbria, Northumberland and into Tyne and Wear, Hadrian’s Wall winds its way. You can visit various sections of the wall to learn about the archaeology and culture of this incredible period of Britain’s history, discovering towers, bridges, forts and museums along the way.

Planetrees Roman Wall is a significant section because it’s the site where construction was modified, and the thickness of the wall changed to a narrower width. Evidence of altars has been found at the Temple of Mithras, dedicated to the Roman god, Mithras. Sewingshields Wall is known for its views of earthworks to the north. For truly wonderful views of the rugged landscape, it’s best to go to one of the highest points of Hadrian’s Wall, which is Winshields Wall. A medieval kiln and round chambers feature in Heddon on the Wall. Cawfields Roman Wall is on a steep slope and has turrets and a milecastle (small forts placed along Roman fortifications). One of the best examples of milecastle remains is Poltross Burn Milecastle, which has a stairway and an oven. Sections of the wall built on the Whin Sill, a ridge of craggy rocks, are especially worth seeing and these include Walltown Crags. Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge section runs for 914 metres, with two turrets and the remains of a Roman bridge on the banks of the River Irthing. This bridge clearly shows the engineering expertise that the Romans possessed. Near Chesters Roman Fort, Chesters Bridge Abutment is a fascinating site, being the remains of a stone bridge which spanned the River Tyne. These remains can be seen on both banks of the river, and two of the piers can also be seen in the riverbed when water levels are low enough. Harrows Scar Milecastle and Wall is a section measuring a mile, which was re-built in stone after its original construction as a turf rampart. Located on a cliff named Harrow’s Scar, it connects to Birdoswald Roman Fort. One of the short lengths of the wall is Hare Hill. As for its height, the remains are half of the original, but its 2.7 meters are said to be the highest section of the entire wall still standing.

Whatever section you choose to visit on your excursion, history will unfold and tell some of its secrets.