Hadrian’s Wall

The best example left today that the Roman Empire once occupied present day England is Hadrian’s Wall.

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Built around AD 122 this wall spanned over 100 km’s, almost the entire width of the country and took only about 6 years to complete.

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It’s unclear as to why exactly Emperor Hadrian wanted the wall made but it’s obvious it was quite possibly for defence or perhaps even just to demonstrate the power the Romans held at the time.

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Today you can walk around a section of the ruins of this UNESCO heritage listed site, and there’s an information centre with details of its construction and a small video runs a few times each hours for those interested in learning more.

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I really enjoyed the scenery in this area of England, it’s easy to imagine characters from a Jane Austen novel strolling around the countryside like you see here.

My group visited Hadrian’s Wall en route to Edinburgh since it’s very close to the Scottish border.

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