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Hadrian's Wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain, the second being the Antonine Wall, lesser known of the two because its physical remains are less evident today.
The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire. In addition to its role as a military fortification, it is thought that many of the gates through the wall would have served as customs posts to allow trade and levy taxation.
A significant portion of the wall still exists, particularly the mid-section, and for much of its length the wall can be followed on foot by Hadrian's Wall Path or by cycle on National Cycle Route 72. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Northern England. It was made aWorld Heritage Site in 1987. English Heritage, describes it as "the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain".
Hadrian's wall is 80 Roman miles long. In 2003, a National Trail footpath was opened which follows the line of the wall from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway.Corbridge is central to your activity at Hadrian's Wall and we are extremely close to some of the main attractions such as Housesteads and Chesters.
Housesteads is the most complete Roman fort in Britain. Set where Hadrian's Wall climbs to the top of a dramatic escarpment, there are some stunning views to enjoy from the walls of this ancient fortress. Imagine how life was for the 800 roman soldiers based here as you wander the remains of the barrack blocks and the commandant's house. See if you can find the oldest toilets you'll ever see and there's a fascinating museum too, complete with a model of how the fort looked in Roman times. With a history that goes back almost 2000 years, it offers a unique family day out in Northumberland and it's only 17 miles from the Angel Inn.