Hadrian’s Wall: discover its archaeological sites in England

Built by Emperor Hadrian between 122 and 127 AD. AD, what is now called Hadrian’s Wall is a fortification that was intended to protect his land. Over a length of approximately 117 kilometres, this wall today delimits the border between the north of England and Scotland. Today, many curious people come to see this incredible site with their own eyes. And if it were you ?

Traces of the Roman Empire in England

It was during the reign of Emperor Claudius in 43 that the Romans began to conquer this territory. Once called the Isle of Britain, England was once populated by Celtic peoples who were crushed by the Romans. Only the Celts in the north of the island were then still independent, but also threatening. This is why during his reign, Hadrian renounced the north of the island, that is to say Scotland. To protect its territories and its inhabitants, it then erected this now famous wall.

But did you know that there is a second wall of the same scale further north? The Antonine Wall was built in 142 by Emperor Antoninus, Hadrian’s successor. This one pushed back the borders of his empire towards the north. Sculptures evoke the construction of this wall as a military victory and propaganda for the return of the emperor to Rome.

Hadrian's and Antonine's wall map
Credits: Wikipedia

An attractive point in the heart of the country

Many Roman sites and monuments line Hadrian’s Wall. If you are a lover of ruins and archeology, you will certainly find what you are looking for in this region of England. Among them, we find in particular several forts, castles, as well as the city of Corbridge. If you want to learn more about this period and the Roman occupation, several museums allow you to discover more and give meaning to these ruins.

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Voici quelques sites intéressants à visiter lors votre passage dans la région d’Hadrien :

  • Le fort de Segedunum et son musée interactif
  • Newcastle Castle
  • The Roman town of Corbridge
  • Chesters Roman Fort
  • Aydon Castle
  • Houseteads Roman Fort
  • The Roman fort of Vindolanda
  • The Museum of the Roman Armies
  • The Roman fort of Birdoswald

Nature lovers are also served during their visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Indeed, many paths allow pretty walks along this fortification that is thousands of years old. Thus, those less keen on history can simply enjoy this incredibly beautiful and very wild corner in places. Moreover, given the remarkable length of the wall, it is not complicated to find places far from the main tourist points conducive to relaxation and fascination!

Hadrian’s Wall: discover its archaeological sites in England
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