5 Reasons to Visit Hadrian’s Wall During Your Stay

  • By Matfen Hall
  • December 21, 2021
  • Northumberland
  • Outdoor Pursuits
Where else in the world can you wander alongside the ghosts of Roman soldiers, walk the paths ancient temples once stood, and witness the crumbling spectacle of historic forts, still magnificently preserved almost 2000 years later? Spanning 80 miles from one wild and beautiful coastline to another, proudly stands Hadrian’s Wall – roaring through magnificent Northumberland revealing the secrets of the region’s past to all those who visit. Fortunately for those staying with us, our grand home lies just 2 miles from part of this historic landmark, giving guests plenty of opportunity to revel in its beauty. Recently nominated by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 35 destinations, unlike many other historic sites, Hadrian’s Wall country boasts something for all to enjoy. Be it world class archaeology, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cities, atmospheric market towns or host of warm and friendly locals. So, whether you’re planning on covering a small section of the wall in an afternoon or spending a week discovering each unique stone, in this article, we take a look at just five of the many reasons you should visit Hadrian’s Wall during your stay at Matfen Hall.


A star studded destination

First put on the map by the Romans in AD 122, then put on the big screen in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in 1991, Hadrian’s Wall is well known and well recognised not just for its impressive history, but the people and stories it attracts from all over the world. Walk in the footsteps of Hollywood actors and look up at the hand-laid stone barrier now famous for being the inspiration behind ‘The Wall’ in the award-winning drama series, Game of Thrones. After a morning spent uncovering the sights and secrets held within a section of the wall, you’ll arrive back to a destination just as grand and inspiring as the place you left. Driving through our iron gates into our magnificent estate will only add to your unique Northumberland experience, as you make your way up to your Luxury Room overlooking our scenic parkland.


Picture-perfect views

They say a picture paints a thousand words – and, as the days begin to get longer and the sun starts to shine brighter, there’ll be plenty more opportunities to capture all that makes Hadrian’s Wall so special, in a photograph that will last long after you go home.  To ensure you get the perfect shot, venture 20 miles west of Matfen Hall towards the world’s most famous tree at Sycamore Gap during summer, and take a photo of the magical tree nestled in between two rolling hills with a part of Hadrian’s Wall standing strong in the background. 


A chance for leisurely short strolls

Hadrian’s Wall provides ample opportunity for walks of all shapes and sizes, across a variety of terrain and different distances – making it the perfect place to visit regardless of whether you’re an experienced hiker or someone who prefers a leisurely stroll.  For those of you who’d prefer to take in the sights of the wall at a slower pace, the circular walking route at Chesters Roman Fort makes for the perfect morning adventure. Set just 10 miles away from our grand estate, the route is about 2.5 miles long and will take no longer than an hour as you pass through the quiet village of Humshaugh and back round to the impressive fort at Chesters. After ending your morning stroll or midday exploration at Hadrian’s Wall, there’s no better place to start your afternoon than during a relaxing journey to our sanctuary of tranquility, The Retreat. Choose to indulge your senses in a treatment tailored to your mind, body and spirit, or simply relax by our pool following a delicious lunch served in the Lounge of The Retreat as part of one of our luxurious Retreat Days.

Ample opportunity for long walks

Comparatively, for those of you keen to cover a greater length of the wall, Matfen Hall is perfectly located to act as a luxury base ahead of your half-day adventure. Just 20 miles from us sits the UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre, The Sill – which makes a great starting point for another fantastic circular route along Hadrian’s Wall Here, you’ll cover 7.5 miles of spectacular Northumberland ground – enjoying highlights such as Housesteads Roman Fort and the award-winning Roman Vindolanda along an incredible part of Hadrian’s Wall. After soaking up the views and working up an appetite, make your way back to our grand estate where our beautiful seasonal menu awaits you beneath the intricately decorated ceilings in the Emerald Restaurant. After indulging your tastebuds, choose to totally unwind with a glass of vintage Champagne or a signature cocktail in one of our bars – 1832 and Needham – before ending your perfect day overlooking our parkland in your room with a view. 

Be a part of history

This next year will mark the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall. To commemorate this special milestone, 2022 will be host to a packed programme of events and activities throughout the year to celebrate and honour this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.  What better time is there, therefore, to visit this internationally renowned feature during your break to Matfen Hall, than in a year filled with celebration and historic importance? Hadrian’s Wall offers countless opportunities to create special memories and cherished moments – a chance that deserves a stay experience in Northumberland, just as unique as it. A place where history is accessible to all, beauty is discovered around every corner, and where the Romans are still part of everyday life 1,600 years after they left. Experience the extraordinary and book your visit to Matfen Hall today.

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