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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall

As a family we love, love, love a trip to Hadrian's Wall. Whether you are interested in archaeology, history, magnificent views or simply somewhere for the kids to run about, Hadrian's Wall has it all.

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall

We are heading to Birdoswald Roman Fort this weekend to enjoy a picnic as part of their Kite Festival. Follow us on Instagram and Snapchat (Username: NEFAMILYFUN) on Sunday for all of the action (subject to signal).

The Hadrian's Wall Partnership have put together their top 10 places to enjoy a picnic along the wall and I thought it would be nice to share. Let me know if you've visited any of these spots or have any other recommendations.

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall


1. Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South Shields

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Arbeia Roman Fort




2. Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Birdoswald Roman Fort




3. Corbridge Roman Town, Corbridge

  • Location:- Borrow an audio guide which brings the town to life and don't forget to pop into the museum. Picnic tables available.
  • More Info:- Check website for opening times, entry from £3.70 or FREE for English Heritage Members. 
  • Post Code:- NE45 5NT


4. Cawfields Roman Wall and Milecastle, Haltwhistle

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Cawfields Roman Wall

  • Location:- Enjoy 360 degree views from this steep slope and take a picnic by the pond where you'll spot lots of wildlife. 
  • More Info:- Open during daylight hours, free entry. Visit website for details
  • Post Code:- NE49 9PJ



5. Chesters Roman Fort, Chollerford

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Chesters Roman Fort


  • Location:- The most complete Roman Cavalry Fort in Britain with picturesque views of the Tyne and a museum.
  • More Info:- Open daily (check website for details), entry from £3.70 or FREE for English Heritage members. Tea room available. Comprehensive events programme. 
  • Post Code:- NE46 4EU


6. Housesteads Roman Fort, Haydon Bridge

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Housesteads Roman Fort

  • Location:- An incredible 360 degree view, interactive museum and picnic blankets to borrow make Housesteads a favourite spot for family picnics. 
  • More Info:- Open daily (check website for details), entry from £4.10 or FREE for English Heritage Members. 
  • Post Code:- NE47 6NN



7. Lanercost Priory, Brampton

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Lanercost Priory

  • Location:-A perfect spot for a tranquil picnic with views of the Priory. 
  • More Info:- Open daily (check website for details), entry from £2.50 or FREE for English Heritage Members. 
  • Post Code:- CA8 2HQ


8. Roman Vindolanda, Bardon Mill

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Roman Vindolanda

  • Location:- One of Europe's most important Archaeological sites where you can witness excavation in progress. There is a fantastic museum and lots of spots to enjoy a picnic. 
  • More Info:- Open daily, Admission from £4.25 (check website for details), cafe available. 
  • Post Code:- NE47 7JN


9. Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Sagedunum
Thanks Canny Food for this photograph 

  • Location:- The most complete excavation on Hadrian's Wall with superb views from the tower. The museum has been developed with children in mind - expect lots of interactive displays and dressing up. Lots of grass for picnics. 
  • More Info:- Open daily, Entry from £3.95 (under 16's are free). Check website for details. Cafe available. 
  • Post Code:- NE28 6HR


10. Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall - Senhouse Roman Museum

  • Location:- Enjoy dramatic views of the Solway Firth from this award winning Roman fort. 
  • More Info:- Open daily (check website for details), Entry from £1.50, Tea and Coffee available. 
  • Post Code:- CA15 6JD

Phew that is quite a list! Thank you to the Hadrian's Wall Partnership for helping me to put this list together. 

Top 10 Spots To Enjoy A Picnic Along Hadrian's Wall

I'd love to hear where your favourite spot along Hadrian's Wall is.
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  1. This post is just perfect. My youngest has been learning all about Hadrian's wall at school and we're hoping to visit sometime over the summer. This is just what I've been looking for. Great post! :D

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