This is a bumper excursion with two different monuments in addition to free time in the city of Carlisle. Visit Birdoswald Roman Fort and you’ll be blown away by the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. It’s an incredible sight that really makes you appreciate this feat of Roman engineering. You’ll immediately be transported back in time, imagining yourself as a Roman soldier guarding their Empire and keeping a watchful eye out for invading troops. One of 16 forts built as part of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier system, today the ruins of Birdoswald Roman Fort are some of the best preserved of any along the Wall.
Visit the turret in which Mary, Queen of Scots was held captive from 1567, by order of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. Fleeing from her rebellious Scottish subjects, Mary was heir-apparent to the English throne. She was also a Catholic, and ally of the French, so far too dangerous to be allowed to remain free. She was imprisoned in the tower under the watchful eye of Sir Francis Knollys. He allowed the Queen to take walks at the front of the castle on what is now known as ‘Lady’s Walk’.
Enter the excavated area of the fort through the main west gate, one of the four double gates on each side of the fort. As you enter you’ll notice that to the right of the west gate is the most impressive masonry you'll find anywhere on Hadrian’s Wall.
- 09:00 Depart Pollock Halls
- 11:30 Arrive at Birdoswald Fort
- 13:00 Depart Birdoswald for Carlisle/13:45 arrive at Carlisle
- 14:00 Visit Carlisle Castle
- 15:00 Free time in Carlisle
- 16:00 Depart Carlisle
- 18:15 Return to Pollock Halls