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Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Walltown Crags looking west ©English Heritage Photo Library/Paul Highnam

Hadrian’s Wall: the final frontier. Commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian in AD 122, this structure marks the northernmost extent of the great Roman Empire.

It’s more than 73 miles long, stretching across the narrowest part of northern England, and took the Roman army nearly six years to build. The Wall is one of the most significant Roman structures in the world.

But did you know that it’s really not just a wall but a complicated structure made up of turf, stone wall, ditches, forts, fortresses and watchtowers – all of which you can visit and see for yourself?


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