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).

NEW ‘ROMANS & REIVERS’ TOUR FOR 2019

Explore the fascinating frontier lands during Roman (43-410 AD) and Border Reiver times (c.1300-1600).   As well as Hadrian’s Wall we will see lesser known places where you can feel the tangible might of the Roman military machine and its domination over the indigenous people of the Iron Age.  We will also step into the world of the infamous Border Reivers – armed men who held allegiance to no-one other than their own family members.  In this world of mayhem and murder, the Reivers wreaked havoc on the Border lands over centuries.  On this tour, we will visit some of their fortified tower houses (peles), visit churches with graveyards crowded with Reiver surnames, and understand more about the so-called Debatable Land – an area outside the jurisdiction of Scotland and England until the Scots Dyke was built in 1552.

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
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