Local Attractions

Explore Hadrian’s Wall

Exploring Hadrian’s Wall couldn’t be easier. You can connect with the AD 122 Service at Haltwhistle  Walltown or Hexham using local bus and rail services.

Hire a bike and travel the Hadrian’s Cycleway 72 and take in the beautiful scenery on your way.

Or bring your car and explore further afield, travel the wall from Wallsend to Bowness and come back to Leazes Head  for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall stretches from Bowness on Solway to Wallsend. Built in AD122 , the wall marks the northern limits of Hadrian’s Empire. The trail is 84 miles from end to end and takes in beautiful scenery along the route. Much of it, is wild Northumbrian countryside which spans nearly the width of the country. There are many Roman remains, forts and museums to visit on the trail.

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Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters is probable one of the best preserved forts on Hadrian’s Wall. The ruins of one of the two bridges to survive can be seen here. The other carries a road bridge at nearby Chollerford. The museum contains many interesting finds, not least the recently publicised Coventina’s Eagle made from a hoard of coins found at the Temple of Mithras by John Clayton of The Chesters

0.6 miles away/16 min walk

Housteads Roman Fort

Housteads is the most complete Roman fort in Britain.

It is set high up on an escarpment with fantastic views of the Northumbria countryside.

The fort is a 10 minute walk from the car park, however there is lots to see when you get there.

Visit the museum and exhibition, there are also many events throughout the year.

The shop attached to the museum sells Roman themed souvenirs and drinks and snacks.

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Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald is situated a short distance from Gilsland.

It is the perfect place to stop and rest whilst walking the wall.

The Fort has a museum, visitor centre and exhibitions.

There is a tearoom serving locally made refreshments and a souvenir shop.


Broccolitia is also known as Carrowburgh.

The Temple of Mithras can be seen here,where the Romans left coins and many more offerings to the Goddess Coventina. Coventina was Goddess of the well.

Coventina’s Eagle was later crafted from a hoard of about 3000 coins found by John Clayton.

Sycamore Gap

Probably one of the most famous trees in Britain after starring in the film ,Robin Hood with Kevin Costner, the sycamore tree, known as Sycamore Gap gets thousands of visitors every year.

It has been photographed from every angle and in every season.

It can be accessed from the Steel Rigg car park.


Hexham is the local market town dominated by the Abbey founded by St Wilfred in 674. The crypt remains largely intact and is built of stones probably taken from nearby Hadrian’s Wall.

The market is run every Tuesday with a larger farmer’s market twice monthly.

Hexham has its own cinema, theatre, race-course and countless galleries and little shops selling antiques and curios in the cobbled street Back Street.

Hexham boasts many good restaurants such as Bouchon Bistrot, Danielles Bistro and Sathis Indian Restaurant to name but a few.

Take a stroll in Hexham Park and walk around The Sele. You can take part in a game of bowls or have a picnic.

11.2 miles away/17 min drive


The historic town of Corbridge grew up from the Roman town of Corstopitum.

A quaint town with winding streets, Corbridge has many good gift shops and specialist shops.

The Corbridge Larder is renowned for its delicatessen and fine foods.

There are also many good restaurants e.g.. The Angel Inn.

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Kielder Water and Forest Park

Kielder is the home of the biggest man-made lake in Northern Europe and the largest working forest in England.

Hire a bike and cycle around the lake or forest trail, taking in the sculptures around the forest as you go.

The three visitor centres are a great source of information and a good place to start before you set off on your visit.

Kielder Dark Skies

Kielder Observatory opened in 2008 and since then, Kielder has achieved dark sky status for the largest dark sky area in Europe.

It now attracts a great number of visitors and has many star-gazing events 

Northumberland National Park

The National Park covers an area of about 400 square miles. It stretches from Hadrian’s Wall in the south to Kielder Water and Forest and then to the Cheviot Hills upward to the Scottish Border.

There are many things to see and do in the National Park,including the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall and the Dark Sky Park.

Sample the local restaurants and tea rooms in the many little villages and market towns.

Beamish Museum

Beamish Open Air Museum is a world famous museum,telling the story of life in the North East in the 1820’s,1900’s and 1940’s.

There is a lot to see and do here including the farm, the pit and the town to name but a few. You will need a full day here!

There are many events on at Beamish during the year including the Georgian Fair and the Agricultural Show.

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Metro Centre, Gateshead

To visit the Metro Centre on public transport, get either the service bus from Humshaugh or the AD122 bus to Hexham where you can hop on the train which will take you to the Metro Centre Station. By car, travel down to Hexham and travel east along the A69.Follow signs  to the Metro Centre from the Denton rounderbout.

The Metro Centre is the biggest shopping and leisure centre in Europe. It has every type of store and restaurant you can imagine and boasts an Odeon IMAX where all the latest films can be seen.

Matfen Hall

Matfen Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa is 10.6 miles away from Leazes Head (20 minutes by car).

It is the ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett.

You can enjoy a game of golf or a relaxing spa day whilst staying at Leazes Head.

It is also a popular wedding venue.

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Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland. It is set in the rolling countryside close to the River Aln.

It was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Castle put on several events a year where you can meet Harry Potter and Hagrid, or try your hand at broomstick flying!

The castle itself is fascinating and contains several treasures and works of art by Titian, Van Dyck and Canaletto.

You can also pay a visit to nearby Alnwick Gardens and visit the tree house, fountains or poison garden.

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