Hadrian’s Wall 1900: All You Need To Know

Walking along the Hadrian's Wall trail | John Millen
Walking along the Hadrian's Wall trail | John Millen
So, what exactly was the Hadrian's Wall 1900 anniversary? 
With an impressive line-up of special events that took place throughout 2022 (cavalry shows, falconry displays, a Roman big birthday bash), it was a very special year to walk, or cycle, the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

Why was 2022 a special year for Hadrian’s Wall?

The year marked the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall. The construction of the wall started in 122 AD in the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who wanted to ensure that the new structure would keep “intact the empire”. Today it is the largest Roman archaeological feature in Britain and has been protected by UNESCO since 1987.

Where were the 1900 celebrations taking place?

Multiple events had been scheduled until the end of 2022 across all three counties that Hadrian’s Wall crosses: Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria. The events attract extra numbers of visitors to the region and accommodation is expected to fill up fast, especially in areas where there are limited options.

>> Head to our Definitive Guide to Hadrian's Wall 1900 for Walkers & Cyclists

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Roman turret at Brunton

What kind of events have been planned?

The year-long festival featured an impressive calendar of special events and activities, such as: spectacular re-enactments, archery and cavalry shows; digital art projections and illuminations; theatre and dance productions; short talks and book festivals; special themed exhibitions; and historic guided tours. There were also falconry displays, a bunting challenge, as well as a Roman Big Birthday Bash. All of these celebrations made it extra special to complete the path in 2022.

Who organised these events?

A number of partners came together to develop the lively ‘Hadrian’s Wall 1900’ programme. These include: local societies and interest groups; community and arts organisations; local authorities; visitor attractions and venues; as well as several individuals with a keen interest in Hadrian’s Wall. Our team can help you plan your Hadrian's Wall active holiday.

Who can participate?

The events were open to everyone and, although some ticketed, many were free to join and enjoy. The organisers hoped that ‘Hadrian’s Wall 1900’ would provide opportunities for everyone to find their connection to the World Heritage Site – whether it be Roman history, the natural environment, the region’s dark skies, the arts scene, cultural diversity and more. If you are considering to walk or cycle along the trail, there is a special interest for everyone.

Where can I get the Hadrian’s Wall Path passport?

If you book your Hadrian’s Wall walk with Walkers’ Britain you will receive the passport as part of your final documentation, maps and guidebook. Hikers who collect all seven stamps at the stamping stations found along the way are entitled to buy the achievers’ enamel badge and certificate at the end of their walk in Bowness-on-Solway (available at the King’s Arms pub and the Wallsend Guest House).

Want to walk or cycle along the Hadrian's Wall? 
Choose from a wide range of walking and cycling trips, learn more in our Guide To Hadrian's Wall 1900 or talk to our team for tailored support with your planning. 

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