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.
1. Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South Shields
- Location:- Stunning full scale reconstruction above the Tyne in South Shields
- More Info:- Open daily. Free entry & a good events programme
- Post Code:- NE33 2BB
2. Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland
- Location:- One of the most picturesque settings for a picnic along the wall. Also the best place to see the longest stretch of wall.
- More Info:- Check website for opening times, entry from £3.70 or FREE for English Heritage Members. Tea room available and lots of events in school holidays.
- Post Code:- CA8 7DD
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
- 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
- Location:- The most complete Roman Cavalry Fort in Britain with picturesque views of the Tyne and a museum.
- More Info:- Open daily , 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
- 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, entry from £4.10 or FREE for English Heritage Members.
- Post Code:- NE47 6NN
7. Lanercost Priory, Brampton
- Location:-A perfect spot for a tranquil picnic with views of the Priory.
- More Info:- Open daily, entry from £2.50 or FREE for English Heritage Members.
- Post Code:- CA8 2HQ
8. Roman Vindolanda, Bardon Mill
- 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, cafe available.
- Post Code:- NE47 7JN
9. Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum, Wallsend
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). Cafe available.
- Post Code:- NE28 6HR
10. Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport
- Location:- Enjoy dramatic views of the Solway Firth from this award winning Roman fort.
- More Info:- Open daily. 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.
I'd love to hear where your favourite spot along Hadrian's Wall is.