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Spotlight on...Hadrian's Wall

Discover Cumbria’s Ancient Frontier

1,895 years ago, the Romans built one of their most iconic structures.

30 years ago it was globally recognised for its cultural significance.

Today is the perfect time to rediscover the Northern frontier of a once mighty empire.

Hadrian's Wall
December 2017 marked 30 years since Hadrian’s Wall was inscribed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and there’s no better time to delve into Cumbria’s Roman history.

Home to the longest visible stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, the largest collection of Roman military altar stones in the UK, and the tallest surviving Roman structure in northern Britain, Cumbria is one of the best places to start exploring Roman Britain.
Solway Coast
The scenic coastline provided a natural frontier and an essential supply route for Hadrian’s Wall. Forts and turrets were built to reinforce the coast. In the north Hadrian’s Wall marked the northern border, running from Bowness on Solway across the north of England.
Today great museums tell the story of the Romans in Britain; visit Tullie House Museum’s Roman Frontier Gallery in the neighbouring city of Carlisle and discover who built Hadrian's Wall and how life changed when the Romans arrived in the great border city, or the Senhouse Roman Museum to focus on military life and finds from the fort in Maryport.
Tullie House
Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park, and with the Lake District’s inscription to UNESCO World Heritage Status in July 2017, Ravenglass Roman Bath House finds itself in not one, but who world heritage sites.

Their legacy is all around you too, from the location of towns and villages to the stones used in local buildings. It was common for towns and villages to develop on the sites of abandoned Roman settlements because of their strategic locations and easy access to stone for building.

So it’s time to experience the history and heritage for yourself and plan a trip to this beautiful area today.
 Roman Bath House
Circular day walks and cycles and iconic long distance paths and trails make it a great place for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Spend a day exploring the peaceful countryside or coastline or plan a short break around a famous route such as The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk, The Hadrian’s Cycleway or the Sea 2 Sea Cycleway. Find out more on walking in Cumbria!
Hadrian's Wall
Visitor attractions for all the family offer a varied and exciting programme of events and festivals all year round. A visit to Lanercost Priory is essential as well as sampling a sumptuous afternoon tea at the adjacent Lanercost Tea Room. Wherever you decide to base your stay you will be surrounded by places to sample traditional Cumbrian food and drink to keep everyone entertained and leave lasting memories of this special part of the Roman Empire.
Lanercost Priory
Why not spend a long weekend or family break to truly discover the area and choose from a variety of accommodation options on offer. From the refined elegance of Farlam Hall in Hallbankgate Brampton, the idyllic surroundings of The Tranquil Otter self-catering lodges at Thurstonfield or to city luxuary at The Halston in Carlisle? All are perfectly located for exploring this unique and wonderful World Heritage Site.

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