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The History Of Hadrian’s Wall

hadrianswallWe have all heard about Hadrian’s Wall but what do we know about the history of Hadrian’s Wall and what it actually stands for. The building of the wall began way back in A.D. 122 when the Roman Emperor Hadrian set about building two walls across England known as Hadrian’s Wall and the lesser-known Antonine Wall. As Hadrian’s Wall has by far and away the most physical remains still evident today it is this particular one which has certainly caught the attention of archaeologists, tourists and even the UNESCO world heritage organisation. Continue Reading

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Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail

As more and more people look to take in tourist attractions in the UK there has been specific demand for experiences such as the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. The Hadrians Wall runs from Newcastle to Carlisle although many of the more prominent attractions and exquisite views are available in and around the Haltwhistle area. As a consequence, Haltwhistle has seen a massive increase in the number of tourists from around the world as well as from around the UK.
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Hadrian’s Wall buses

The number of Hadrian’s Wall buses has increased dramatically over the last few years as the number of tourists continues to grow. Many of the specific tourist buses take in sites such as Haltwhistle and the surrounding areas, giving many people the chance to enjoy the beauty of the region. There are also a number of minibuses available which can take in the length and breadth of Hadrian’s Wall from Newcastle to Carlisle with some very special scenery along the way.
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Haltwhistle Photographs

There are a whole host of new websites containing Haltwhistle Photographs from the past and the present. The history of Haltwhistle is there for all to see and contains not only some of the older pictures from the mines and surrounding businesses but some of the most beautiful countryside you could ever hope to see along the Roman wall.
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Vindolanda Hadrians Wall

Vindolanda Hadrians Wall

Vindolanda Hadrians Wall

The Vindolanda Roman fort is situated just south of Hadrian’s Wall (near Bardon Mill) and was apparently built to protect the historic Roman road which ran from the River Tyne in the north-east of England to the Solway Firth in the north west. It has become one of the more popular Roman forts with many tourists visiting the region from all areas of the world and schoolchildren regularly in attendance. Aside from the Vindolanda Roman fort the site also held what are known as the Vindolanda tablets which detail both military and private correspondence between the various members of the Roman army.

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Housesteads Hadrians Wall

Housesteads Hadrians Wall

Housesteads Hadrians Wall

The Housesteads Roman fort (otherwise known as Vercovicium) is located just outside Bardon Mill and is one of the best preserved of the various Roman castles along Hadrian’s Wall. The history of this very popular National Trust tourist destination goes back to the second century AD and it was one of the first of the many Roman forts to be built along Hadrian’s Wall.

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Bellister Castle tourist attraction

Bellister Castle is situated just outside Haltwhistle with the remains of a 13th century castle which has undergone many alterations and additions over the years. Records show that the grade 2 listed building, which is now owned by the National Trust and leased out on a long-term basis, has a very interesting history. The property itself was originally occupied by the Bellister family although the property was sold back in 1697 and has had a number of owners since then.
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