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Guide recommendations for Hadrians Wall

We are looking for a recommendations of guide for Hadrians Wall, Roman Army Museum, Vindolanda Museum, Caufelds, Roman Wall area. Preferably someone with an archeological/ historical background.


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I know you are probably looking for a private guide, but the group guides at the sites are excellent. My husband and I walked Hadrian’s Wall in 2017 and took the Roman Army Museum tour offered by the staff at the museum. The guide was very knowledgeable. We found the same to be true at Vindolanda, Chesters, and the other major forts.

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You already got the link for Peter Carney above. Let me tell you that hiring Peter Carney was one of the best decisions we made on our trip to Hadrians Wall. He found out what we wanted from a tour and then tailored the tour to our interests. He showed us the best sections of the wall for walking, taught us what we were looking at when we were at the wall, brought us through Vindolanda explaining so much, and just kept teaching the entire day. We spent 3 more days at the Wall, but that orientation set us up to enjoy it far more than we would have on our own.

I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but those who say you don’t need to hire a guide, have not hired this guide and really don’t understand the difference it makes. My number one suggestion when anyone asks about Hadrians Wall is hire Peter Carney for the day!

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Here's another vote for Peter Carney. He did for me traveling solo exactly what he did for others. I had some specifics in mind and left the rest up to him. He picked me up at my B&B (Ashcroft Guest House in Haltwhistle) in the morning and returned me there at the end of the day. Peter is both knowledgeable and charming. I learned so much in such a relaxed and pleasant way. I can highly recommend him.

Below I'm telling you more about where I stayed because it was one of my favorite places on a 6-week trip to the UK. When I was there in May 2016, there were very few people around. Perfect.

My room was the Single En-suite. The same room for 2 is called Smaller Double En-suite. The website shows pricing for the various rooms based on occupancy, so there are multiple listings of the same room at different prices. I stayed there 2 nights with the full day between devoted entirely to Hadrian's Wall.

Haltwhistle is tiny. You can easily walk to the Ashcroft from the train station. You can also easily walk to get something to eat.

When it was time for me to leave, the owner drove me to the station because the platform is on the other side of the tracks and it's not obvious how to get there. He stayed with me until the train came and we had a great discussion about our kids.