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From Lake District: Roman Britain and Hadrian's Wall Tour

1. From Lake District: Roman Britain and Hadrian's Wall Tour

Hadrian’s Wall, the monumental defensive fortification built in 122 A. D. in order to safeguard the Roman Empire, is one of the most important historical sites in Britain. Led by an expert guide, discover an ancient land brimming with beauty, and learn about the history of Roman Britain in this full-day tour. Choose from a pickup point in Windermere, Bowness, or Ambleside and begin the drive through the heart of the lakes taking in the fabulous scenery whilst heading towards the Scottish borders.  Follow Hadrian’s Wall past Mile Castles and Towers finally reaching the Roman Army Museum. You will stop here for a spot of lunch and take a look around. Afterwards continue walking along the wall taking in the spectacular sites of Fell End, Sunny Rigg, Great Chester, and eventually Steel Rigg. Return to the Lakes via Alston, England’s highest market town. Stop for a and view the Cumbrian Mountains from Hartside Pass.

Newcastle: Roman and Anglo-Saxon Guided Historical Tour

2. Newcastle: Roman and Anglo-Saxon Guided Historical Tour

South Shields and Jarrow are vibrant towns in the North East of England, and they both contain fantastic history from before the Romans. On this tour, you’ll hear the story of the Roman Fort of Arbeia – the supply base for Hadrian’s Wall – and the Anglo-Saxon story of the North East through Jarrow Hall. At Arbeia, you’ll discover the stories of soldiers and civilians alike – with dedications to Middle-Eastern traders, slaves, and native Britons, all living together at this frontier. At Jarrow Hall, you’ll explore the story of the Germanic Anglo-Saxons through the museum dedicated to the Venerable Bede. Bede is arguably the greatest scholar of the Dark Ages, not only a monk, but also a teacher, scientist, and historian in a time most believe to be violent, uneducated, and unrecorded. Both sites have fantastic reconstructions of buildings from their periods, including a Roman gatehouse, barracks block, and commanding officers’ house. At Jarrow Hall, the buildings are based upon archaeology from Yeavering, the historic capital of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria.

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A step back in time

The Hadrian's wall tour was wonderful. Knowledgeable guide and plenty of opportunities to both learn about and experience 'the Wall'. The Roman Army Museum was very informative and the visit to Vindolanda was not unlike visiting Pompeii. Great scenery throughout!

A great day, saw and learned such a lot about UK’s Roman past.

Excellent driver, so knowledgeable about the Lakes area as well as Hadrian’s Wall and the history associated with Britain’s Roman past.