Visit to Hadrian’s Wall – Monday 16th May 2016

March 23rd, 2016Comments Off on Visit to Hadrian’s Wall – Monday 16th May 2016

You are invited to join us on a trip to Hadrian’s Wall which includes two stunning and very different historical sites, Vindolanda Roman Fort and the Augustinian Priory and Dacre Hall at Lanercost.

The Vindolanda collection contains some of the best Roman artefacts in Britain, such as the wooden writing tablets (voted number 1 in a BBC poll of our best treasures) which give fascinating insights into life on the wall; and a huge collection of unpaired leather shoes!

The artefacts are just one aspect of these extensive remains set in a lovely position on the hillside above the South Tyne valley, with well laid paths and, of course, a tearoom and shop. A talk by a resident archaeologist is included. This site offers so much to the visitor that we shall stay 2.5 hours here including time for lunch.

After lunch we travel to Lanercost Priory. Set today in a tranquil setting Lanercost Priory had an often troubled history. It suffered frequent attacks during the long Anglo-Scottish wars. Yet there is still much to see in this best-preserved Cumbrian monastery. The east end of the noble 13th-century church survives to its full height, housing within its dramatic triple tier of arches some fine monuments. After a self-guided tour (guide book £2.15) we join historian John Lee at Dacre Hall. This is a medieval hall (C12th origins) with some fascinating C16th wall paintings, in this lovely hall we shall enjoy afternoon tea with homemade biscuits before leaving for home.

The coach will depart Kirkcudbright at 8.15am, Castle Douglas at 8.40am, returning by 5.05pm and 5.30pm respectively. The cost including guided tours is £22.50 per person including tea.

If you are interested in this trip, please supply your name(s), email address, mobile phone number and whether you would like to be picked up in Kirkcudbright or Castle Douglas using our contact form

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