Today, we’re traveling to Northern England to explore one of the most impressive ancient monuments in the country – Hadrian’s Wall.
Built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, Hadrian’s Wall stretches for 73 miles (117 km) across Northern England, from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west. The wall was built to mark the northernmost limit of the Roman Empire, and to protect the territory south of the wall from raids by Scottish tribes.
At its height, Hadrian’s Wall was over 15 feet (4.6 meters) high and had a series of forts, towers, and gateways at regular intervals. Today, many of these structures can still be seen, including the iconic remains of Housesteads Fort and Vindolanda.
But Hadrian’s Wall isn’t just a monument to military might – it’s also a testament to the engineering prowess of the Romans. The wall was built using local stone and features a range of sophisticated construction techniques, including curved walls and foundations designed to withstand earthquakes.
If you’re planning a visit to Hadrian’s Wall, be sure to take the time to explore the surrounding countryside as well. The wall runs through some of the most stunning landscapes in Northern England, including the Northumberland National Park and the rugged North Pennines. It’s no wonder that Hadrian’s Wall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK.