As we headed from England to Scotland, we stopped at Hadrian’s Wall. This a wall that the Romans built and is still standing today. It really illustrates how far west the Roman empire extended. This is a place that may get overlooked when you are planning a trip to the UK, but there are 3 reasons why you should stop here when you visit the UK.
1. It is so Beautiful
When you pull up to the parking lot, this stop looks unassuming, but once you take the walk up to the wall, the landscape is beautiful. This was one of our first stops that we were not in a town or city, and the rolling hills were amazing. I spent the majority of my time here just walking around taking pictures of the surrounding landscape.
This is the perfect place for a hike. There are four trails that you can go on (Birdoswald, Housesteads, Chesters, Corbrigge). Each of these trails explore a unique part of the wall and its history. If you are driving around like we were, this is a great place to get out and stretch your legs, and get a little exercise while experiencing the beauty.
This wall was built by the Romans in the year 122 AD, and I visited it in 2019. That is some old history. Like I said, I had forgotten that Britain was part of the Roman Empire and this was just amazing to me. There are a few small museums along the wall that go into the history with exhibits and videos, so it was really cool to learn about the history of the wall while being there. It was also just amazing to see the remains of a wall built that long ago. It made me want to go see the Great Wall of China and go closer to Rome to see more of the Roman ruins.
This was just a small stop on our tour - I think that we were there for about 2 hours, and that was enough time to explore the section that we were at and go to the small museum to learn about the history. I would highly recommend to stop and explore if you are driving anywhere near the wall (and with 73 miles of wall there is a good chance that you will be). This was wonderful time spent before we got to Edinburgh (which I loved!). If you would like to hear more about my trip to the UK make sure to visit my other travel posts, and make sure to subscribe to hear where I go next!
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