Birdoswald Roman Fort’s closest stations are Brampton, eight miles to the west, and Haltwhistle, seven miles, east. Both trains are on Northern Rail’s Tyne Valley line bringing regular trains in from Carlisle, but Haltwhistle, also on the Glasgow South Western Line, sees regular services from Newcastle and Middlesbrough as well. The quickest route from either station is by taxi with both journeys taking around twenty minutes and costing approximately fifteen pounds.
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|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
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|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
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|Carpark operator||Northern Rail|
|Car parking spaces||12|
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|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes||<p>Cycle racks available 500 yards away from the station.</p>|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
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No problems for disabled or wheelchair bound customers as the access to the platforms is via level access. The Newcastle platform is adjacent to the station entrance and car park, however the platform toward Carlisle is a round journey of 3 miles by road.
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Most first-time visitors to Birdoswald Roman Fort are struck by its incredible view of Hadrian’s Wall, the longest stretch anywhere in the country, which is exactly why you should make it your first port of call. Simply take in the view or go for a stroll along the one-time England-Scotland border and let your mind wander to times gone by – to guards trooping the wall over two millennia ago – beside this stunning feat of Roman engineering.
Next up is the Birdoswald Fort (or, for centuries, Banna) itself, one of only 16 forts built to defend Hadrian’s Wall, and one of the best preserved. Take in some of the wall’s most impressive masonry as you make your way around the site, which has undergone extensive excavation in the last two centuries.
If you’re looking to stretch your legs, and why wouldn’t you be in such beautiful surroundings, why not embark on one of the area’s 45 marked rambling routes, all of which take in some of the most breath-taking scenery that the English countryside has to offer. And when you get back, tuck into a feast of tea and scones before sinking into one of the 39 beds at Birdoswald’s Farmhouse as the day draws to an end.