Hardknott Roman Fort Tours

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Hardknott Roman Fort
Built under Hadrian's rule in the second century, Hardknott Roman Fort (initially named Mediobogdum by the Romans) is a must-do for history buffs who find themselves in the English Lake District. More than just a simple amass of old stones, the archaeological remains are 374 feet (114 meters) long and well-marked, allowing visitors to clearly identify the ancient headquarters building, the commandant’s house and the bath house. The parade ground site still lies beside the fort and is now considered to be the finest surviving example in the Western Empire.

Thanks to its remote location high in the mountains of the Lake District, Hardknott Roman Fort boasts breathtaking panoramas of the national park. On clear days, the view stretches all the way to the Isle of Man and the Irish Sea. What used to be one of the loneliest outposts in the Roman Empire overlooks the River Esk in both upper and lower Eskdale. It was initially built to protect the busy and strategic Hardknott Pass, which was the main link between the coastal fort at Ravenglass and the Roman garrisons at Ambleside and Kendal.

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The fort is located in the heart of the Lake District National Park. It can be visited from Liverpool and Manchester by car in two hours via the M6, the A591 and the A593. Visitors should be aware that Hardknott Pass is frequently referred to as one of the most-challenging and steepest drives in the UK, with a gradient of almost 20 degrees and several hairpin bends.

Address: Eskdale, England
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4-Day Lake District Tour including Lake Cruise and Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

Immerse yourself in the stunning Lake District on this 4-day tour including accommodation and two day trips. Stay three nights at the 4-star Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Bowness-on-Windermere, and on arrival, enjoy free time to explore Bowness and Lake Windermere independently. On Day 2, enjoy a full-day tour to ten of Lakeland’s most beautiful lakes, including Grasmere and Buttermere. Then, on Day 3, experience the mountain passes and Ravenglass and Eskdale railway of western Lakeland. Daily breakfasts and dinners, plus hotel transfers are also included in your tour.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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The High Adventure: High Mountain Passes Spectacular from Windermere

Witness the grandeur of the Lake District’s central mountains and western fells on this full-day small-group High Mountain Passes tour from Lake Windermere. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, follow a route first traced by the Romans over the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes, two of Britain’s steepest. Ascend through breathtaking fells; visit Roman Hardknott Fort, and ride the heritage Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. After a lunch break, admire spectacular views of Wastwater before returning to Windermere via Coniston Water.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3 Day Best of the Lake District Tour from Manchester

Explore the best of the Lake District on this 3-day experience from Manchester, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Manchester. Enjoy our Lake District from Manchester Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Manchester that afternoon.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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High Adventure Day Tour from Keswick

Discover the spectacular mountain landscapes of the Lake District without having to hike on a 9.5-hour minibus tour of the national park’s high mountain passes from Keswick. Absorb incredible views from the Wrynose and Hardknott Mountain Passes, ride through Eskdale Valley on the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, and drink in panoramas from Wastwater, voted Britain’s best view. Entry to Muncaster Castle and a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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5 Day Best of the Lake District Experience Tour

Explore the rugged Lake District on this 5-day experience from Windermere, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and two full-day tours & one half day tour. Enjoy a Ten Lakes Spectacular trip with a lake cruise and visits to pretty Buttermere, Grasmere and Keswick; plus a High Mountain Passes tour over epic Hardknott Pass to see Muncaster Castle and ride the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. You will also enjoy a half day Beatrix Potter's Favourite Countryside Tour visiting Hawkshead, Tarn Hows and Hill Top Farm. As well as breakfasts, your tour includes a fantastic overview of the Lake District plus round-trip hotel transfers in Windermere and Bowness.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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3 Day Lake District Tour including Central & Western Lakes

Explore the Cumbria region by auto, train, and boat on this 3-day, 2-night tour. Travel through scenic villages and over mountain passes, admiring the picturesque views and scenery. Take a ride on a narrow gauge railway and enjoy a lake cruise. Two nights accommodation in either a bed and breakfast or hotel are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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3 Day Best of the Lake District Tour from Liverpool

Explore the best of the Lake District on this 3-day experience from Liverpool, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Liverpool. Enjoy our Lake District from Liverpool Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Liverpool that afternoon.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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4 Day Experience the Lake District & Hadrian's Wall Tour from Liverpool

Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the Lake District National Park on this 4-day experience from Liverpool, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Liverpool. Enjoy our Lake District from Manchester Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. As well as our Full Day Roman Britain & Hadrian's Wall Tour including the Roman Army Museum & Vindolanda. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Liverpool that afternoon.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Hire - The High Adventure Tour

Our Private Hire High Adventure Tour is the perfect opportunity for small groups of friends or family to enjoy their very own Private Tour. Our luxury, spacious 6 seater minibuses will allow you to travel the Lake District in style.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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4 Day Experience the Lake District & Hadrian's Wall Tour from Manchester

Explore two UNESCO World Heritage sites and the Lake District National Park on this 4-day experience from Manchester, including hotel or guesthouse accommodation and return transfers from Manchester. Enjoy our Lake District from Manchester Tour including highlights such as a lake cruise and visiting Tarn Hows & Hawkshead. You'll also join our High Adventure Tour which travels over two of the highest mountain passes in England, Wrynose & Hardknott, travel on a heritage ride and visit Muncaster Castle gardens. As well as our Full Day Roman Britain & Hadrian's Wall Tour including the Roman Army Museum & Vindolanda. Finally you'll also experience our morning 1/2 day tour, including Six Lakes in a morning before traveling back to Manchester that afternoon.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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Hadrian's Wall and Hardknott Roman Fort Private Tour

A private tour not to be missed, visiting some of the most rugged and beautiful sights in Roman Britain. Hardknott Fort on the famous mountain pass that controlled the route from the coast into the mountains.  The onwards to Hadrian's Wall, the incredible feat of engineering built by the Romans that cut across Great Britain at its narrowest point.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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