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Visiting Hadrian's Wall from Chester

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Visiting Hadrian's Wall from Chester

Is it possible to take the train to Carlisle from Chester, visit Hadrian's Wall and travel back to Chester that night? Or better to spend the night in Carlisle?

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1. Re: Visiting Hadrian's Wall from Chester

It all depends on how much of the wall you want to see. It is 73 miles long in total. Here is a link to the section around Carlisle:

www.discovercarlisle.co.uk › lifestyle › attractions‎

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Hi LarryandRegina.

I walked Hadrian's Wall 2 years ago and to be honest I don't think they is much of the wall to see in Carlisle .Most of the "good parts" of the wall is to the east of Carlisle. Can you spend the night out? If so why not stay at twice brewed. (see my review of the B&B we stayed in)

Also here is the link to my photos of the wall walk in thumbnail. If you click on the photos it will go to full size with a map under each photo showing where along the wall it was taken. Day 3 was interesting after it snowed all night.


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Sorry should have said Once Brewed, here is the reviews


You can get a bus from Carlisle.

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4. Re: Visiting Hadrian's Wall from Chester

We visited it by car, there is a lot to see towards the Eastern end, I wouldn't think a day trip by train from Chester is really feasible.

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I would say no. I think the first part of the wall would be at least 10 miles from Carlisle and the better sections are to the East. Any way how much will you see on foot, it would be better to hire a car for the day and stop at sections that interest you. Chester's Roman walls should keep you occupied.


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It takes over 2 hours by train from Chester to Carlisle, so there's time for a quick visit to Hadrian's Wall but you wouldn't have time to see much. As stated previously the best parts to visit are an hour's journey to the east of Carlisle. Having a car would make it easier. There is a tourist bus service from Carlisle that calls at the sites along the Wall but the buses aren't very frequent and they only run during the summer. The timetable for last year is on northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk/visiting/p…

Buses run daily between June and August, and at weekends between about May and October. The schedule can change from year to year. This year's times probably won't be published until March/April. If you picked a suitable day and left Chester about 7am you could probably catch the first bus out of Carlisle at 9.20am. That would get you to Housesteads about 11am, giving you a few hours to look around. The timetable should allow time to visit another site such as Vindolanda. A return bus about 3pm would get you back to Carlisle for 5pm to catch the train. There is a later bus but its days of operation are limited.

This means a long day and is doing it in a big hurry so there won't be anything like the time you need to do it justice as there is a lot to see, so it would be better to stay over. If you decide to stay overnight it would make sense to choose somewhere east of Carlisle, such as around Hexham or Haltwhistle where it will be a shorter journey to access the Wall.

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