Hadrian’s Wall guided tours

 

Your visit to Hadrian’s Wall will be greatly enhanced by understanding more about why this world-famous Roman structure was built and how it operated.  Hadrian’s Wall is much more than just a wall – there is a whole suite of military fortifications including turrets, milecastles, forts, north ditch, vallum and Roman bridge abutments, many set against dramatic backdrops.  I can devise a personalised itinerary that will enable you to enjoy great scenery and exhilarating walks along Hadrian’s Wall, visit sites of interest and begin to recognise the different features of Roman military planning for yourself.

 

I am based near Carlisle, the perfect gateway to exploring this World Heritage Site.  My knowledge of Hadrian’s Wall is extensive, and I am the author of ‘Romans in Cumbria’ and ‘Solway’s Built Heritage’ booklets.  Using my expertise, you will receive a personalised guided tour tailored to your specific interests and requirements.

Minibus and chauffeur-driven tours are available by prior arrangement.

Tours in French, German and Spanish can be arranged (subject to availability).

 

A convenient place to stay for exploring Hadrian’s Wall is Warwick Hall.  This upmarket country house B&B is set in beautiful surroundings overlooking the River Eden.  All the bedrooms are spacious with quality beds, immaculate linen and en suite bathrooms.  Evening meals available.   Please note that Warwick Hall is a dog-friendly guesthouse.

New ‘Beyond Hadrian’s Wall’ tour for 2020

If you are already familiar with Hadrian’s Wall, this guided tour will take you to less well-known but equally fascinating sites that lie beyond the Wall.  This absorbing tour takes in Burnswark – a prominent hill that once supported a sizeable Iron Age tribe where the might of the Roman military machine is clear to see.   Later we go to the three outpost forts of Birrens, Netherby Hall and Bewcastle, each with their own Roman tales to tell.

If you have any questions or you wish to book this tour, please fill in the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

Introductory tour (from Carlisle)

This informative one-day tour provides a full introduction to Hadrian’s Wall through a balanced mix of site visits and short walks. You will see examples of all the different types of fortifications – turrets, milecastles, fort, the north ditch, vallum and remains of a Roman bridge – and take away a thorough understanding of how the Wall operated, who built it and why.

Words cannot express our appreciation for a truly wonderful and informative day with you on Hadrian’s Wall.

Gordon Sims, California, September 2015

Hadrian's Wall at Walltown Crags

Scenic Hadrian’s Wall & Vindolanda

If you prefer to stride out along one of the most scenic sections of Hadrian’s Wall, this tour includes an exhilarating 3-mile (4.5 km) walk from Steel Rigg to Housesteads Fort, rounded off by an afternoon visit to the incomparable Vindolanda – the only fort in the Hadrian’s Wall corridor undergoing complete excavation.

‘Anna brought history to life in a personal and engaging way and, more impressively, sparked the interest of our two sons who would rather play video games than visit historic sites!

Erica Fisher, May 2015

Hadrian's Wall at Sycamore Gap

Mysteries of Hadrian’s Wall 

A tour looking at some of the less well-known aspects of Hadrian’s Wall.   Starting at Housesteads, we walk to Sewingshields Crags and ponder its age-old links with King Arthur.  Further east, at Brocolitia, we view a Mithraic Temple to learn about the fascinating cult of Mithraism and its associations with ancient astrology. A short distance away, Limestone Corner captures a unique moment in time when the Romans were defeated by the hardness of the underlying rock. Finally, we end the day at Chesters Fort to hear about its unexpected archaeological finds.

‘Thank you for a wonderful day and for giving so much of yourself and your knowledge to us.  We loved being with you.’

Donna Bullock, October 2017

The Roman bath-house at Chesters Fort

Beyond Hadrian’s Wall 

If you are already familiar with Hadrian’s Wall, this tour will take you to less well-known but equally fascinating sites that lie beyond the Wall.   This absorbing guided tour will take you firstly to Burnswark – a prominent hill that once supported a sizeable Iron Age tribe.  Here you will be able to clearly see the might of the Roman military machine in action.  After a brief visit to Birrens outpost fort, we head across country to Netherby Hall (site of the Roman fort of Exploratorum) and on to Bewcastle.  This tiny settlement in the far north of England just oozes history.  From being a Roman outpost fort (Fanum Cocidii), it became a Norman stronghold and then a nefarious base for the infamous Border Reivers.

‘An incredible day out looking at sites associated with Hadrian’s Wall but rarely visited.  Thank you for showing me a fascinating other side to Hadrian’s Wall.’

Larry Schiff, 2019

The Roman bath-house at Chesters Fort
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