Explore history on Hadrians Wall...
Exciting new discoveries about the history of Roman Britain have been all over the news recently, so there’s no better time to visit the largest Roman artefact in the world: Hadrian’s Wall. Here at Beech House Holidays, our Threshing Barn is ideally situated for exploring the forts and towns dotted along the wall and experiencing first hand an incredible piece of British history - read on for our top must-see spots…
The stretch of wall at Birdoswald is the longest continuous length of wall still standing, meaning a trip to Birdoswald is a must to get an idea of the true scale of Hadrian’s Wall. Take a walk along the wall and then visit the fort itself, which is one of the best preserved along the wall, to get an idea of how the fort changed over the centuries; Birdoswald shows the remains of medieval buildings built after the Romans left. The fort is also set within a beautiful estate, with farmland open for visitors to explore and enjoy, and a tearoom for refuelling.
Tickets are free for English Heritage members, or £6.50/adult and £3.90/child.
Housesteads was a large fort home to 800 soldiers plus a town of civilians outside its walls. Today, the remains are fascinating to explore with a hospital, barracks, governor’s house and even the toilet block still visible - it is the most complete Roman fort in Britain. The museum will be sure to get kids excited as it brings the history of the fort to life; kids can dress up as centurions, see reconstructions of the buildings and view real archaeological finds that would have been used everyday 2,000 years ago.
Tickets are free for English Heritage members, or £7.50/adult and £4.50/child.
Vindolanda is one of the best places to visit for a real impression of life 2,000 years ago. The extensive excavations show an expanse of buildings such as bath houses, temples, village houses, workshops, mausoleums, barracks and everything else a town needed to function, plus replica sections of Hadrian’s Wall to explore which show how the magnificent structure would have looked when it was built. The museum at Vindolanda houses a huge collection of very rare finds - like real Roman shoes! It is also home to ‘Britain’s top treasure’, a completely unique set of writing tablets which are the Roman equivalent of the modern-day postcard. Afterwards, head over to the Roman Army Museum, which is a twin site that shows 3D films about life on the wall and explores the reality of army life in Roman Times.
A ticket to both sites costs £11/adult and £6/child (under 5s go free).
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