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Get the most out of Hadrian’s Wall with Gillian Hovell, author of RomanBritain:
site visits, evening talks and illustrated fact sheets will all weave together the
narrative of the frontier lands, and will show how life on The Wall was part of the
ebb and flow of Rome’s power during 400 years of occupied Britain.
We travel north in the footsteps of the Roman centurions, following Dere Street to
Piercebridge and onto Corbridge. Segedunum Fort and the supply depot of Arbeia fuel
us for our visits to the many forts and sites along Hadrian’s Wall. Recent excavations,
new exhibitions and refurbished museums will all add to this journey of discovery.
Full time guide, providing after-dinner talks and illustrated summary of each site’s
4 nights Bed and Breakfast and evening meal at a quality hotel.. (A limited number
of single rooms are available for a supplement - Book early to guarantee a single
En-suite bedrooms with TV and tea/coffee making facilities
Stanwick - Piercebridge – Corbridge – Segedunum - Arbeia – Chesters – Housesteads
- Roman Army Museum – Vindolanda – Mithraeum – Tullie House Museum – and more …
We meet at our hotel , the Gilsland Spa at Haltwhistle near Hexham and then head
south to visit Stanwick's Iron Age fort ramparts to consider the world of the Britons
who faced the Romans when they invaded. As we return north we explore Piercebridge
and the remains of the Roman stone bridge that carried the armies north and visit
the nearby Roman fort. We drive eback to out hotel for dinner and enjoy a short
but lively evening scene-setting talk by Gillian.
Day 2: Segedunum Fort and Arbeia, Storehouse of the Legions
We visit Segedunum fort, a World Heritage Site, with its museum and reconstructed
bath house. After lunch, we tour Arbeia, the fort that became the crucial supply
base for Hadrian’s Wall and we visit its brand new museum gallery. Back at the hotel,
our evening dinner is followed by a brief talk to illuminate tomorrow’s visit.
Day 3: Chesters Fort, Housesteads Fort and Wall Walk
We advance along Hadrian’s Wall to the cavalry fort of Chesters with the best preserved
bathhouse in Britain and we walk down to the bridge site in its tranquil setting.
After lunch at Chesters, we continue to the stunning and atmospheric Housesteads
Fort and its famous Roman latrines. The new museum includes a new film about the
site, and then we soak up the ambience of the Wall itself as we walk along it for
a short distance to enjoy iconic views before heading back to the hotel for dinner
and a short briefing to introduce us to Vindolanda.
Day 4: Vindolanda: Romans and Britons
After a morning at the Roman Army Museum, getting a feel for the lives of the Roman
soldiers in this military zone, we move on to the Vindolanda site. This fort sat
on the old Roman road south of the Wall and, with exciting new excavations every
year, a site guide starts us off. The wooden writing tablets found here speak directly
to us of life on the frontier and were voted the British Museum’s Top Treasures –
now we can view them, and so much more, in the magnificent multi-million pound refurbished
site museum. We visit Corbridge with its Roman fort and civilian town full of barracks,
shops, workshops and temples. The site museum includes the Corbridge hoard, a fascinating
insight into a Roman soldier’s kitbag. An evening spent relaxing, dining and catching
up with tomorrow’s sites.
Day 5: West along the Wall to Carlisle
We drive the length of the Wall and as we head westwards, we pause at Planetrees
to view a fine section revealing the construction of the Wall, and at our next stop
we walk down to the Mithraeum temple tucked away in fields. Reaching Carlisle for
lunch, we visit the Tullie House Museum and its refurbished Roman Frontier Gallery.
We then return acknowledging more Roman sites on the way as we return to our hotel
for our departure.
Itinerary subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control
Please note some sites are on rough ground and stout footwear will be required