09:45am – Corbridge Roman Town
Take a stroll into history down the streets of Corbridge and visit the ruins of the vital town fountain. The Corbridge lion is a must see when visiting! The kids will love it here with lots of hide and seek opportunities and a comfy craft corner.
Travel back in time and relive life as a Roman civilian. Walk down the streets of this once vibrant town, explore the granaries and the fountain remains of the once vital 2nd or early 3rd century built fountain. It was once the heart of the town, providing constant fresh water to the village people. Corbridge was built on a crossroads alongside the River Tyne making it the perfect place for trade and travel.
The museum at Corbridge lends itself to one of the largest collections of everyday objects at Hadrian’s wall, with over 34,000 finds including; pottery, gaming board’s including the counters and dice, hair pins and even a glass conical flask, which is almost completely intact after over 1,700 years in the ground! The Corbridge lion attracts visitors all year round as the most famous piece in the museum and the best preserved of the 5 lion statues, it is thought the lion was carved to go on top of a mausoleum. The museum has plenty to keep the kids entertained including a comfy craft corner, where they can make their very own Roman snake bracelet.
11:00am – Chesters Roman Fort
Enter into the spirit of Roman time at the most complete Roman Cavalry fort in Britain. Discover the wonders kept within the Edwardian Cabinets and lose yourself in the views from the hillside overlooking the once buried Stables and bath house.
With its well-preserved bathhouse, and stunning riverside location, Chesters Roman Fort is a great introduction to the spirit of the Roman Wall. In the 19th century the landowner decided to cover the ruins to create a level parkland. It was rediscovered in 1832 when the estate was inherited by his son and keen antiquarian John Clayton (1792 – 1890), who proceeded to undo the landscape his father had done and exposed the fort; he also set to build a small museum to house the ruins he and his team had uncovered. The grade II listed museum was opened in 1896 and still has many of the original Edwardian cabinets.
There is a tea room located at the fort where you can sample a traditional Northumberland Stottie cake alongside other locally made treats.
12:30pm – Lunch
You can choose between a packed picnic lunch, or if the weather’s bad on what was one of Rome’s most isolated frontiers, we will stop at the reassuringly comfortable Twice Brewed Inn for some hearty home-cooked food. With an extensive pub-grub menu they offer something for everyone, as well as on-site brewed real ale. The Twice Brewed inn stands in the shadows of the Steel rig, which is without doubt one of the most dramatic parts of Hadrian’s wall.
13:15 – Steel Rigg and Sycamore Gap
Visit the most iconic tree in Britain & channel your inner Robin Hood.
The Sycamore tree is of the most photographed trees in Britain. It is the tree popularly known as ‘Robin Hood’s Tree’, after the 1991 Kevin Costner film, Robin Hood: ‘Prince of Thieves’. The Roman’s weren’t the only people to leave a mark on this landscape, there is evidence of a bronze-age boundary wall line not too far South from the gap, suggesting the area was used long before the Romans ruled.
Along the path of the Steel Rigg, the footpaths feature some short, sharp ascents so suitable footwear is essential, especially when it’s muddy!
13:45pm – Vindolanda
Visit the most iconic tree in Britain & channel your inner Robin Hood. With ongoing archaeological excavations, you may witness history being discovered before your very eyes.
One of the most important Roman sites in the world, Vindolanda. It has on-going archaeological excavations which have uncovered numerous Roman artefacts, many of which are in remarkably good condition. These include leather shoes, boxing gloves, a wooden toilet seat and the famous Vindolanda writing tablets which give us a glimpse back to nearly 2000 years ago. The artefacts can all be viewed in the Vindolanda museum, often known as Chesterholm museum.
Vindolanda lies just south of Hadrian’s Wall on the Stanegate – the earlier Roman Road running east-west across northern Britain. It provides a fascinating introduction to both the Wall itself and to the Roman occupation as a whole, estimated to have been inhabited from 85 AD until 370 AD.
15:45pm – Housesteads
Well preserved & fun for all ages with plenty of photo opportunities! Be sure to explore the museum and observe the jewels & tools from when the Romans ruled the land.
Housesteads Roman Fort is one of the best-known landmarks on Hadrian’s Wall. It boasts well-preserved granaries, iconic Latrines and a small museum full of fascinating Roman artefacts.
The interactive museum houses a mini-cinema as well as an impressive collection of Roman artifacts including jewelry, weapons and tools which were excavated at this very fort. This site offers historical wonders that will appeal to all ages, with the museum also providing an educational aspect for those younger members of the family who will be led by their very own tour guide, Felix. Children can also dress up as a real Roman soldier for pictures by the fort.
17:00 – The gentle drive back
Reminisce on your day as you retrace your steps and take the opportunity to photograph more of the stunning Northumbrian scenery, rest your feet and warm up as we drive you back to your accommodation in time for dinner, before you head to bed – perhaps to dream of your fantastic Roman adventure!
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