Hadrian's Wall Tours

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretches 73 miles (117 kilometers) across the north of England, all the way from the Irish Sea to the North Sea. Built in AD 122 under Emperor Hadrian’s orders and finished four years later, the wall marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in Britain.
 
The Basics
Many sections of Hadrian’s Wall draw sightseeing crowds. Visit the Ravenglass Roman Bath House ruins, browse Vindolanda fort and the Roman Army Museum near Haltwhistle, or explore the reconstructed Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields. Active travelers may want to trek part of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, a long-distance walking route stretching from Wallsend on the east coast to Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast.
 
Many visitors join full-day sightseeing tours from Edinburgh, which also make stops in the Scottish Borders at sights such as Rosslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey. In addition to the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, longer multi-day tours from Edinburgh typically cover parts of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, too.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Hadrian’s Wall is a must-see site for history buffs.
  • Wear sturdy hiking boots, as much of the terrain near the wall is undulating and uneven.
  • Wear layers and bring rain gear in case of wet weather.
  • Some Roman attractions near the wall, such as the Roman Army Museum, are fully wheelchair accessible. The adjacent Vindolanda fort is partially accessible too, with around 70 percent of the paths suitable for wheelchairs.
 
How to Get There
The wall is accessible from the west end via Carlisle and from the east end via Newcastle upon Tyne. Hexham railway station, on the Tyne Valley Line, connects Carlisle to Newcastle upon Tyne, while the Hadrian’s Wall Country Bus runs between May and September, stopping at major sights along the corridor. From Edinburgh, it’s about a 2.5-hour drive to the wall.
 
When to Get There
The best time to visit Hadrian’s Wall is in summer when the typically warmer and drier weather make it more pleasant to wander around the ruins. July and August are peak visitor season; go in early morning or late afternoon to avoid crowds.
 
Must-See Museums and Sights Along the Wall
Among the must-visit Roman sites along the wall is Birdoswald Fort, which served as a key military base for the Romans. Vindolanda fort, located just south of the wall, is thought to predate the wall itself, and its museum contains a fascinating array of artifacts, including the Vindolanda Tablets, a written record of life in Roman times.
Address: England
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
Read More

4 Tours & Activities to Experience

Category
Select Dates
Filter




Clear Filters
Clear Filters
Sort by:Default

Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Journey to the frontier of ancient Rome on this full-day tour of Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish borders from Edinburgh. First up is a tour of the 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, famously featured in ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and renowned for its mysterious stone carvings and unique architecture. After lunch (not included), stop at Melrose Abbey, the burial site of King Robert the Bruce’s heart, and look out over the English border from Cheviot Hills, before walking along the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
From  
US$51.18
From  
US$51.18
See Details

5-Day Tour from Edinburgh: York, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Hadrian's Wall

Explore the dramatic beauty and history of northern England on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh. With a small group and a private guide, enjoy coastal views on the way to York, England’s most medieval city. Wind through the North York Moors National Park and marvel at the pastoral perfection of the Yorkshire Dales. Then cozy up in the town of Keswick, and spend two days relaxing and visiting idyllic lakes and ancient landmarks like Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
From  
US$654.86
From  
US$654.86
See Details

3-Day Lake District Explorer Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Experience the rugged beauty of England’s Lake District on 3-day small-group trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, you’ll wind through the picturesque borderlands into England, visiting the Victorian Spa town of Moffat en route. Then cozy up in the town of Keswick, and spend three days relaxing and visiting idyllic lakes like Lake Windermere, Grasmere and Ullswater.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
From  
US$326.77
From  
US$326.77
See Details

8-Day Great Britain Experience Including 2 Nights In London Pre-departure

See all of Great Britain and learn all the history that makes the island what it is today on this 8-day tour. You and your group will be departing from London on an air-conditioned coach and visiting some of the most important cities in the nation. Your guide will tell you everything you need to know about Stratford-Upon-Avon, Edinburgh, and Liverpool among many other cities and hidden gems that Great Britain has to offer. You will be getting 7 nights accommodation in 3-Star hotels during this tour, plus a pre-tour hotel stay in London for two nights before setting off. Breakfast is included during this tour.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Duration: 10 days
From  
US$1,468.51
From  
US$1,468.51
See Details


Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785