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Hadrian's Wall - Featured Places

This is a listing of points in order along Hadrian's Wall, some are structures, some viewpoints. These are listed from West to East.

The wall was built from east to west, and the milecastles and turrets are numbered later likewise from east to west. The first turret was numbered 0A and first mile fort 1. When visiting there is no advantage going along the wall one way or the other. My first visit started at the west, the second from the east. For simplicity we have arranged this list from left to right, therefore from west to east. Most remains are included, but not every remains of milecastles or turrets that are away from easy access are included. I am considering creating another list of all milecastles, turrets and forts with their positions and what is there to be seen if anything.

The criteria to be featured in this list is its either a major item, particularly interesting, an unusual feature or just very easily accessible. Some car parks or stopping places are included to make planning easier.

We also have an article Hadrian's Wall and another covering the wider topic of Roman Frontiers. 

Places linked in the left column go to location our pages.

VC= Visit Cumbria  TR= National Trail

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Bowness on Solway   End of original wall. Nothing to see now.  
Carlisle   Remains of forts and roman town found.  
Hare Hill NY564647 A short length of rebuilt Wall, still standing 2.7metres (8.8feet) high from 19th century rebuild.

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Banks East Turret  NY574648 Banks Turrets 51B and 52A, well-preserved turrets with adjoining stretches of Hadrianís Wall. this section of the wall was built with turf plus stone turrets and mile castles. Later the walls were rebuilt in stone. VC 

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Pike Hill Signal Tower  NY577648 Predates the wall. The remains of one of a network of signal towers predating Hadrianís Wall, Pike Hill was later joined to the Wall at an angle of 45 degrees. Located between the two turrets above. VC

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Leahill Turret and Piper Sike Turret

NY586653 Turrets west of Birdoswald. Piper Sike has a cooking-hearth. Geograph
Appletree Turf Wall NY597656 A section of turf wall runs from Appletree towards Birdoswald. It runs along the edge of the vallum south of the main wall. Joining the main wall at milecastle 49 and running south of the fort before rejoining the main wall at milecastle 49.  See Birdoswold for explanation. Geograph 

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Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

NY615663 Roman Fort and Visitor Centre. The Fort is one of the most impressive locations for a Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. Set on a high spur overlooking the River Irthing the views are spectacular and it becomes very clear why the Romans built a fort on the site.  The best preserved defences of any of the 16 major forts. Own

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Milecastle 49
Harrow's Scar Milecastle

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A long section of the Wall, rebuilt in stone later in Hadrianís reign. It is linked to Birdoswald Roman Fort. Known as milecastle 49. Wiki

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Willowford Bridge

Willowford Wall, Turrets and Bridge Abutment 

NY622664 914 metre (2,999 feet) stretch of Wall, including two turrets and impressive bridge remains beside the River Irthing, one of three foundation sets on this site for bridge.

VC

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Poltross Burn Milecastle
Milecastle 48 

Also known as Kings stables mile castle

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OS

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Milecastle 48.  One of the best preserved milecastles on Hadrianís Wall, Poltross includes an oven, a stair to the rampart walk, and the remains of its north gateway. VC  

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Roman Army Museum
and Carvoran Roman Fort
NY667657 Same operators as Vindolanda  below. Own
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Walltown Quarry NY670660 Stop off point, parking, picnic site, refreshments, toilets incl. disabled, access to National Trail, hard rock trail (about 45 minutes) TR

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Walltown Crags NY672662 Photo Point - One of the best places of all to see the Wall, dramatically snaking and diving along the crags of the Whin Sill. EH

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Cawfields Quarry Car Park

NY714666 Stop off point - Car Parking  Max: 40 bays.  Toilets (including disabled).

TR 

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Cawfields Roman Wall and Milecastle 42 NY715667 Photo Point. A stretch of Hadrianís Wall on a steep slope, with turrets and an impressive milecastle, probably built by the Second Legion. Accessible from Cawfields Quarry car park above. Geograph
Once Brewed Visitor Centre NY748668 Once Brewed is situated close to Hadrian's Wall and is the main Visitor Centre for exploring the National Park and World Heritage Site. The Pennine Way also crosses near here. Everything from tourism to exhibitions to parking is here. TR 

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Winshields Wall

NY744676 Photo Point. The highest point on the Wall, in rugged country with spectacular views when it's a clear day. Geograph
Steel Rigg Car Park NY751676 Car park next to Winshields Wall

TR 

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Steel Rigg

NY755676 One of the best photo points on the wall.

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Sycamore Gap and Castle Nick

Milecastle 39

NY761677 Milecastle 39. Built in a natural nick in the hillside

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Roman Vindolanda

(Chesterholm)

Roman Vindolanda

NY772663 Photo Point. Vindolanda is a large Roman fort and settlement lying just to the south of Hadrian's Wall. Recent excavations have uncovered numerous buildings and some of the most unusual and well preserved artefacts from the Roman world. In the site museum, you can see Roman boots, shoes, armour, jewellery and coins. There is also a full size replica of a section of Hadrian's Wall built in both stone and timber, giving the visitor a true idea of the might of the monument. There are ongoing archaeological excavations at the site. Own 

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Milecastle 38 NY772681 Milecastle 38 had a Stone containing names of the Emperor Hadrian and Aulus Platorius Nepos, the governor of Britannia at the time the Wall was built. The aerial photo does not show much remaining. Wiki

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Milecastle 37  NY784686 Has a nearly complete arch allowing height to be calculated. Geograph

Housesteads Roman Fort

and Museum

Housesteads Roman Fort

NY790687 Photo Point. The best preserved Roman fort in Britain. One of the 12 forts added to the Wall in about AD124, it was designed to contain a garrison of 800 soldiers. Large sections of wall in each direction, with good views. From the car park it is a long uphill walk to the fort. NT 

TR 

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Sewingshields Wall
Milecastle 35
NY803702 A length of Wall with milecastle remains, impressively sited along the Whin Sill, commanding fine views of many prehistoric and later earthworks to the north. Geograph 

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Coesike Turret NY821705
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Turret 33B.  Good views and vallum.

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Temple of Mithras 

Brocolitia Roman Fort  

Coventina's Well   

NY858712 The Temple of Mithras is a 3rd century temple built to worship the roman god Mithras. Later largely destroyed by Christians.

Brocolitia Roman Fort and Coventina's Well are at the same location.

TR

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Blackcarts Turret

NY888714 A 460-metre (1,509 feet) length of Hadrianís Wall including one turret. Geograph
Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Roman Fort

NY911702 Photo Point. The best preserved remains of a cavalry fort in Britain. Built to guard a bridge. Well-preserved commandantís house. Discover the complex of rooms in the bath house which offered customers hot, cold or steam baths. The site museum displays a wide  collection of Roman finds retrieved by the local antiquarian John Clayton. These include important early archaeological discoveries relating to the central section of the Wall. Geograph

Chesters Bridge Abutment

NY914701 The remains of the bridge which carried Hadrianís Wall across the North Tyne are visible on both banks, but most impressively on the eastern side.

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Photo on Chesters Roman fort

Brunton Turret and Wall NY921699 Wall section and a 2.5 metre (8.2 feet) high turret, built by men of the Twentieth Legion. Geograph
Planetrees Roman Wall NY928696 A 15-metre (49 feet) length of later narrow Wall on earlier broad foundations. This is a junction between the two main wall  types.

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Corbridge Roman Town

Corbridge Roman Site & Museum [Corstopitum]

Corbridge Roman Town

NY983649 Photo Point. The fort dates from AD139, when the Emperor Antoninus Pius advanced the Roman frontier into Scotland. On a principal route northwards, it became a busy garrison town. The remains include a fountain house with an aqueduct, a pair of granaries and walled compounds for the military, containing barracks, temples, houses and a headquarters building with a below-ground strongroom. The museum displays a rich selection of Roman finds. Geograph
Heddon-on-the-Wall NZ138669 A consolidated stretch of Wall, up to 2 metres (6.5 feet) thick in places. Geograph
Chapel House Milecastle
Milecastle 9
NZ177662 Milecastle 9, part is visible as low platform, remainder is under road. Wiki

Denton Hall Turret

NZ198656 The foundations of a turret and a 65metre (213 feet) length of Wall.

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Benwell Roman Temple and
Vallum Crossing

NZ215646 The remains of a small temple to the native god 'Antenociticus', in the 'vicus' (civilian settlement) which stood outside Benwell fort. A stone-built causeway, where the road from the south crossed the Vallum earthwork on its way to Benwell fort. Wiki

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Pons Aelius Fort Remains NZ249645 Thought to have been the original intended end of the wall, later extended to Wallasend. I don't think anything can be seen now. Wiki 

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Great North Museum NZ246651 It is the principal museum of archaeology in north east England. Its visitors are those who wish to know more about the history of the region, especially Hadrian's Wall and the Roman frontier. It has a renowned collection of artefacts, models and archives relating to the Wall, and a full-scale reconstruction of the Temple to Mithras at Carrawburgh. Other displays illustrate the variety of life in the region from early prehistory to the 17th century. Interactive model of Hadrian's Wall. Located on Newcastle University's campus.

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Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum

Wallsend  

Segedunum  Roman Fort

NZ301660 Segedunum Roman Fort stood on the banks of the River Tyne, the last outpost of Hadrian's Wall. For almost 300 years Segedunum, which means 'strong fort', was home to 600 Roman soldiers. It is the most excavated Fort along the Wall and has a large interactive museum, plus a 35 metre high viewing tower providing aerial views across this site. Own

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Arbeia Roman Fort

South Shields, Durham

Arbeia Roman Fort

NZ364678 Four miles east of the end of Hadrian's Wall at South Shields, Arbeia Roman Fort guarded the entrance to the River Tyne. Built around AD160 the stone fort played an essential role in the frontier system. Originally built to house a garrison, Arbeia soon became the military supply base for the forts along the Wall. Today, the excavated remains, reconstructions of original buildings and finds discovered at the Fort combine to give an insight into life in Roman Britain. Own

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In addition to the wall there were forts, mileforts and towers down the West coast, now the Cambrian Coast, there were ditches and earthworks at least in places but no wall joining this up.

We will come back to look at these in detail later.

Extending down the western coast:-

Swarthy Hill Milefortlet

Senhouse Roman Museum

Moresby Roman Fort remains

Hardknott Roman Fort remains

Ravenglass Roman Bathhouse

See also:-

Section - Roman

Topic Index - Roman Britain


This list will continue to grow as we come across new places. REMEMBER if know of somewhere that you feel is a good place please let us know.

 


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