Welcome to Northumberland National Park

Adjacent to the national park, the Kielder Water & Forest Park is home to the vast artificial lake Kielder Water, holding 200,000 million litres. Surrounding its 27-mile-long shoreline is England's largest plantation forest, with 150 million spruce and pine trees.

The lack of population helped see the area awarded dark-sky status by the International Dark Skies Association in 2013 (the largest such designation in Europe), with controls to prevent light pollution.

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$59.71 Cultural & Theme Tours

Hadrian's Wall, the Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

First stop is Rosslyn Chapel. Scotland’s ‘best-kept secret’ has now achieved worldwide fame since the publication of ‘The Da Vinci Code’. An architectural gem, its superb stone carvings are still not fully understood. Further mystery surrounds the chapel and its association with the Knights Templar and Freemasonry. Many visitors leave with their own theory but all are amazed. The short walk through the glen to ancient Roslin Castle is also fascinating.You then travel south to the charming town of Melrose for lunch. The stunning ruined Abbey is the final resting place of King Robert the Bruce’s heart. You’ll then cross the ancient Scotland/England border at Carter Bar, a wonderful viewpoint in the Cheviot Hills.Hadrian’s Wall is the best-known frontier of the Roman Empire and a magnificent reminder of one of the world’s greatest civilisations. Built almost 2000 years ago to contain the fierce Picts in Caledonia it stretches for 73 miles and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. You stop at Housesteads Fort in Northumberland National Park, the best preserved Roman fort along Hadrian’s Wall. Here you’ll enjoy a nature walk along one of the most dramatic and photographed stretches of the wall. On return to Edinburgh you stop in the Border market town of Jedburgh to stretch your legs and for photos of the famous Abbey.

$55.73 Cultural & Theme Tours

Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Rabbie's Cafe BarMeet here for boarding 15 mins before the published departure time.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Carter Bar, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, ScotlandContinuing south we make a stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the two countries for the past 700 years.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Vindolanda, Hexham, Northumberland, EnglandVindolanda is one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. Vindolanda means white lawns or white fields. We know that the Roman name for the fort was Vindolanda because of an altar set up by the civilians at Vindolanda to the god Vulcan which was found during drainage works in 1914. The altar is on display in the museum. The name Vindolanda has also been discovered on some of the writing tablets.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Steel Rigg, Henshaw, Hexham, Northumberland, EnglandHadrian’s Wall - The wildest and most northerly frontier of the ancient Roman Empire.We follow the road that takes us along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg. You have time to walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the ‘barbarians’ to the north.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland, Brampton, Cumbria, EnglandHere you can still see the remains of all of the Wall's defining features. Stand in awe as the longest remaining stretch of the Wall spans as far as your eye can see, and explore the ruins of the Roman fort, a turret and milecastle.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Jedburgh Abbey, Jedburgh, Scottish Borders, ScotlandA beautiful market town that Mary Queen of Scots famously visited. Optional visit to the Abbey.Duration: 30 minutes

$51.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Viking Coast, Alnwick Castle Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

Your scenic drive follows the North Sea coastline before crossing the Scotland/England border into historic Northumberland. Located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you cross the Pilgrims Way onto Holy Island where there’s plenty of time to enjoy a short walk to 16th century Lindisfarne Castle, visit the Priory where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created and enjoy the spectacular views to Bamburgh Castle and the Farne Islands. Holy Island was settled by Irish monks circa AD635 and from here the Christian message spread throughout the north of England. In 793 a fierce Viking invasion of the island heralded the beginning of the Viking Age.Arriving at Alnwick Castle around lunchtime you’ll stop here for a minimum of two-and-a-half hours. This amazing castle, one of Europe’s finest, has been the centre of many historical events – from bloodthirsty battles between the Scots and English to the intrigue of the Guy Fawkes plot. Its sumptuous setting and exquisite architecture has famously been used as a filming location, including the Harry Potter movies (Hogwarts) and Downton Abbey. Visit the new Downton Abbey exhibition featuring costumes, photography and props from the series and enjoy ‘Harry Spotter Tours’, revisiting some of your favourite scenes. Next door to the castle is the world-renowned Alnwick Garden, several acres of beautiful parks, woodland walks and the Poison Garden.The return home takes you through beautiful Border country and Northumberland National Park.

$26.58 Cultural & Theme Tours

A Roam With A Roman

We have chosen Cawfields as our start location on Hadrian’s Wall as there is a wealth of archaeological information visible on the ground. You will be able to see Hadrian’s Wall, a Milecastle, and one of the best preserved sections of the Vallum, the defence ditch running parallel, resting south of the wall. Cawfields also has some of the best views across the rugged moorland vistas of the Northumberland National Park.Your guide Venutius, is a local Celtic Cheiftain, of the Brigante tribe. He will discuss life before the Roman invasion, life during the 368 years of Roman rule and the purpose of the Wall.Car parking a facilities are available at Cawfields.  Our guide will be on hand to meet you at Cawfields then lead the tour on Hadrian's Wall.

$39.81 Cultural & Theme Tours

Roam With The Romans - 2 hour tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cawfields Roman Wall, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, EnglandIn addition to seeing Hadrian’s Wall, on this guided tour you will see a Milecastle, and one of the best sections of the Vallum defence ditch. Cawfields also boasts some of the best views across the rugged moorland vistas of the Northumberland National Park.Duration: 2 hours

$50.97 Day Trips & Excursions

Rosslyn and Hadrian's Wall - Spanish Tour Guide

The tour departs at 8:45 am from edinburgh and returns to original departure point at approximately 8:00 pm. • From Edinburgh to Rosslyn We will leave Edinburgh to stop in the village of Roslin, where we will able to see the ruins of its castle and the famous Rosslyn Chapel, a Gothic structure built during the XV century that maintains its mysterious attraction. It is well known all over the world for the connections established by Dan Brown with masonic and Templar theories.   • Jedburgh                                                                                                                          Later on we will cross the green fields of the Lowlands, and we will reach Jedburgh, a small town in the border between England and Scotland. • From Jedburgh to the Hadrian's wall After crossing the border, we will go through the Northumberland National Park, one of the most important National Parks in England, where we will visit the main attraction of our journey: Hadrian's Wall. This structure, UNESCO World Heritage, it is one of the most impressive Roman works of engineering. It splits the Island in two parts, and it was the Empire Northern frontier. We will also visit the military camp of Vindolanda. • From Gretna Green to Edinburgh After this main visit, we will see the charming village of Gretna Green, one of the world’s most popular wedding destinations, where we will be able to rest and enjoy its wonderful environment before our way back to Edinburgh.

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