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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hadrian’s Wall took a decade to construct from AD 122 onwards to prevent rebel tribes in Scotland from repeatedly crossing the frontier and attacking Roman territory. Standing around five m (16 ft) high and three m (9.5 ft) across, the wall was guarded day and night by soldiers housed in a series of 16 forts and settlements constructed along its 135 km (84 mile) length between Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast and Wallsend in the east. Housesteads Fort is located near present-day Hexham in Northumberland National Park and stands high on a hill with far-reaching and spectacular views across bleak, undulating moorlands. Originally known as Vercovicium, it was home to 800 soldiers at any one time and the garrison is one of the best preserved of all Roman forts, with the barracks, dining halls, hospital, granaries and even communal latrines still clearly visible in the neat stone layouts; parts of the gates and encircling wall still stand too. It was active for more than 200 years before the Roman Empire collapsed, after which Housesteads was abandoned for centuries and only rediscovered in the 19th century. Today a small museum by the fort highlights the history of the Roman invasion of Britain as well as the construction of Housesteads; artifacts recovered from the fort and displayed there include jewelry, scraps of leather shoes and weapons.

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Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland, England
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Hadrian's Wall - Full Day - Up to 4 People

Hadrian's Wall - Full Day - Up to 4 People

Hadrian’s Wall begins just over an hour’s drive north of Windermere, yet to reach it by public transport takes three times as long. Spare yourself more than 3.5 hours of left-side driving when you book this private tour. Visit the medieval ruins of Lanercost Priory, the Roman Army Museum, the fortress town of Vindolanda, with its fascinating museum, and Housesteads fort. Entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 8 hours
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Hadrian's Wall: Explore the ruins of Housesteads Roman Fort on this audio tour

Hadrian's Wall: Explore the ruins of Housesteads Roman Fort on this audio tour

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This is a self-guided audio tour (EXCLUDING ENTRY TICKET) around the ruins of Housesteads Roman Fort, one of the original forts built along Hadrian's Wall. On this tour, you'll see where soldiers and civilians lived. By the end of the tour, you'll also understand what remains of the best-preserved Roman fort in Northumberland. Please note that this tour does not include entry to the fort. It is an accompaniment to your fort visit.
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  • 40 minutes to 1 hour 5 minutes
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Hadrian's Wall Day Tour - A guided walk of the Roman Frontier

Hadrian's Wall Day Tour - A guided walk of the Roman Frontier

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Once the Roman Empire’s northernmost frontier, Hadrian’s Wall comprises stretches of walls, forts, and barracks. Tap deeper into its history than if alone on this full-day walking tour. Explore parts of the wall, and the remains of the Housesteads fort and Vindolanda supply station, as a guide explains the lives of the soldiers once based here. The tour includes lunch, with the option of transfers from Newcastle for added convenience.
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  • 8 hours
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Hadrian's Wall - Full Day - Up to 8 People

Hadrian's Wall - Full Day - Up to 8 People

Our Hadrian’s Wall tour travels up to the Scottish Borders. The focus of the day is the ‘Wall’ itself which we travel along exploring its many remains of towers and landmarks. During your day you will have time to enjoy the Roman Army Museum, exploring the history of the Romans and learning what it was like to work on ‘The Wall’. Discover medieval Cumbria, learning about the Scotland England divide through this enthralling journey through a thousand years of history. This Tour Includes: • Private Air Conditioned Vehicle • Local expert driver / guide • Parking Fees This Tour Excludes: • Food and Drink • Attraction Entry Fees
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Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium) hours of operation: Vary by season, but roughly 10am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium) costs USD 5.20. Guided Housesteads Roman Fort (Vercovicium) tours start around USD 5.20 per person.
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