Birdoswald to The Roman Bridges at Willoford: 


1.5 miles

Why we love this attraction

Perfect for children of all ages, this historical place museum is found on Hadrian’s Wall and has something for everyone! With onsite parking, cafe, toilets, shop and museum the whole family is catered for. What’s more, having explored the Roman Fort, you are able to enjoy a fantastic 1.5 mile walk to The Roman Bridges at Willoford.


There is a pay and display car park at Birdoswald Roman Fort, nearest postcode: CA8 7DD.

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The Hiking Household were offered a complimentary visit to Birdoswald Roman Fort, courtesy of English Heritage and Discover Carlisle, in return for an honest review and social media coverage. Images courtesy of Discover Carlisle by D&H Photography.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort Museum

Building a Roman Wall!

Interactive Museum

The Attraction:

If you and your family are keen to explore more of Hadrian’s Wall then I strongly recommend starting your adventure at Birdoswald Roman Fort. Here you are able to see the incredible remains of Hadrian’s Wall, as well as many of the Wall’s defining features. This is also where you are able to see the longest remaining stretch of Hadrian’s Wall – my children were in awe! There is something really special about seeing it in person, it spans as far as your eyes can see.

Heading into Birdoswald Roman Fort you will find toilets, a cafe, shop and an interactive museum. Admission prices do apply when visiting the museum, there is a Pay & Display car park based at Birdoswald Roman Fort. Please click here to be redirected to the English Heritage website for up to date information on the site as well as admission prices.

Children of all ages are sure to love their time at Birdoswald whether it be dressing up as a Roman solider, building their own Roman Wall or exploring the remains of the Wall. The trip is excellent for children, whilst also helping them understand more about our English Heritage.

The Walk:

Having finished exploring the fort ruins at Birdoswald we decided to exit the museum and join a stretch of the Hadrian’s Wall Path. The route is very easy to navigate as you are simply following the Hadrian’s Wall footpath east, towards Gilsland. You walk alongside the largest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and it really is fantastic, my children were mesmerised. You soon reach Milecastle 49, from here continue down a steep path until you reach The Roman Bridges of Willofold. This is where we stopped to enjoy a little picnic by the river before retracing our steps back to Birdoswald to our car. This 1.5 mile walk is great for children as there are plenty of things to keep them entertained while walking.

We cannot wait to return and explore more of the Hadrian’s Wall Path.

A huge thank you to English Heritage and Discover Carlisle for gifting The Hiking Household this fantastic family day out – we will certainly be back!

The Hiking Household have enjoyed many fabulous family day trips along the Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. For more information please click each title below:

Quarry Beck, Lanercost

Combcrag Wood

Poltross Burn Milecastle 

Walltown Country Park 

The Sill 

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Learning more about Hadrian’s Wall

Exploring Hadrian’s Wall

Walking Hadrian’s Wall

The Roman Bridges at Willoford

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