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Hadrian's Wall & Roman Britain 1-Day Tour from Edinburgh311 Reviews BEST SELLER
Enjoy a day spent discovering the highlights of Roman Britain and Hadrian’s Wall on this small group tour from Edinburgh. Journey through the heart of the Scottish Borders and 2,000 years of history to the last frontier of the mighty Roman Empire.
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- Enjoy a visit to the Vindolanda Roman Army Museum
- Discover the remains of Hadrian’s Wall
- Explore Birdoswald, one of the best preserved Roman forts along the length of Hadrian’s Wall
- Stop at the border town of Jedburgh to visit the remains of the Augustinian Abbey
- Visit the village of Lanercost, the western gateway to Hadrian’s Wall
DescriptionTravel south from Edinburgh on the old Roman Dere Street that linked the supply ports in the south of England with the ancient city of York. Then go north past Hadrian’s Wall to the Roman settlements in Central Scotland. Your first stop on this tour will be in the border town of Jedburgh, a historic burgh that lies only 12 miles north of the Scotland-England border. Here you have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets that lead to the remains of the Augustinian Abbey, which has been a great symbol of power during its 900 year history. Continuing south you make a brief stop at scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the 2 countries for the past 700 years. The tour continues through the magnificent forests of Northumberland National Park before turning west towards the remains of Hadrian’s Wall. Follow the road taking you along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg where you come face-to-face with large sections of the wall’s remains. Here, you can visit the Vindolanda Roman Army Museum and experience the life of a Roman soldier for yourself. Take time to walk along the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the barbarians to the north. You continue your journey west along the wall towards the village of Lanercost, the western gateway to Hadrian’s Wall. Continuing south we make a stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the two countries for the past 700 years. The tour continues towards Hadrian’s Wall. We follow the road that takes us along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg. You have time to walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the ‘barbarians’ to the north. Traveling through the Galloway hills, stop in the Victorian spa town of Moffat before continuing through the Southern Uplands and Scottish Borders, and returning to Edinburgh.
IncludesEntry to the Vindolanda Roman Army Museum (from April 1, 2023) Transportation Experienced driver/guide
- From April 1, 2023, admission to Vindolanda Roman Army Museum will be included in tour price. Before April 1, 2023, the visit is optional and tickets can be purchased on the tour. If the Vindolanda is closed, you will visit Housesteads Roman Fort as an alternative
- The return time is around 7:00 PM
- Time off the bus gives you opportunities to take nature walks. It is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour
- The minimum age to participate is 5 years
- You're restricted to 14 kilograms (31lbs) of luggage per person on the tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items