Please note: We do not allow children under the age of 5
Roman Army Museum, the perfect guide to the Roman Empire and Hadrian’s Wall
Lanercost Priory, the church built inside the ruined priory
Sycamore Gap, the famous ‘Robin Hood Tree’
Vindolanda, a Roman auxiliary fort and settlement
On-board commentary by your driver/guide
This tour journeys along segments of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Hadrian’s Wall tour travels out of the Lake District for the day and up to the Scottish Borders. The main focus of the day is the ‘Wall’ of which we travel along viewing it's remains of towers and landmarks.
During your day you will have time to enjoy the Roman Army Museum , exploring the history of the Romans and learning what it was like to work on the ‘Wall’.
A new addition to the tour is Vindolanda, a Roman settlement; one of Europes largest excavation sites and is still being worked on today
The Augustinian priory of Lanercost stands nearby to Hadrian’s Wall and was much involved in the Anglo-Scottish wars. During King Edward I campaign in 1306 – 1307, he stayed at the Lanercost Priory for 6 months and it suffered terribly from Scottish raids, almost destroying the building. However, in 1537 it was finally dissolved by Henry VIII and almost all of the building were stripped of lead, apart from the church. However today it is a beautiful 13th century church which remains remarkably well-preserved.
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Roman Army Museum lies on the site of Carvoran Roman Fort adjacent to sections of Hadrian’s Wall. The museum’s artefacts, videos and reconstructions give great insight into the life of a Roman Soldier and the building of the wall at the northerly boundary of the Roman Empire. The award winning 3D film illustrates the military and civil engineering accomplishments of the Roman’s in Britain.
The Sycamore Gap has become an iconic image associated with Hadrian's Wall and it is one of the most photographed trees in the country. Back in 2016 it even took the crown for English Tree of the year!
The tree is also known as the 'Robin Hood' tree and it became a star back in 1991 when it appeared in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves film, starring Kevin Costner. However, what makes the Sycamore Gapt really special is that its appearance is all down to geology happening over thousands of years.
Vindolanda is an amazing working archaeological dig site to the south of Hadrian’s Wall. There were 9 forts built on the site over the 400 years of occupancy of the Roman’s. Each day during the summer, treasures are uncovered by the volunteer excavators. The on-site museum, extended for 2018, displays the best of the artefacts. You can wander through the fort or Vicus remains imagining the sights and sounds the building walls would have heard.
24th March 2018 - 28th October 2018
Full day 09:15 - 18:00
This tour is a guided scenic mini-coach tour, but there are times when you will have the option to walk up to a few hundred metres to take in a view or point of interest.
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We also offer a hotel pick-up service for those staying in the Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside area.
This tour is unsuitable for children under 5.
All passengers must have their own seat.
We have private hire options available for those who have children under 5.
There is space on-board for hand luggage, for anything larger there is luggage storage at the Windermere Tourist Information Centre.
You can enjoy lunch at either the Roman Army Museum or Vindolanda where you will find cafes.
If you would like to spend more time exploring, why don't you use Mountain Goat's packed lunch service?
You may cancel 48 hours prior to departure and recieve a full refund. After 48 hours no refund will be issued.
On Leaving Windermere we drive through the heart of the National Park, beside the lakes and through the valleys, and on towards Penrith and the North of the country.
We continue into the remote 'Debatable Lands' of the Border Reivers heading to Lanercost Priory, with time to see the church built within the priory ruins and more Burne Jones windows.
We follow Hadrian's Wall, following it past 'Mile Castles' and 'Towers' to our lunch stop at 'The Roman Army Museum'. After lunch we visit Vindolanda, a Roman auxiliary fort and settlement. In the afternoon we continue along the 'Wall' seeing the spectacular Fell End, Sunny Rigg, Great Chester and finally Steel Rigg before returning to Windermere.
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