Bed and breakfast near Hadrians wall
Holmhead bed and breakfast accommodation is situated close to Hadrians wall in beautiful Northumberland. Set in tranquil surroundings and close to Thirlwall Castle this uniquely placed bed and breakfast accommodation is the perfect base for exploring Hadrians wall and surrounding areas. The following information has been provided to give you a fuller understanding of the local area and we hope that you will consider staying in our bed and breakfast, holiday cottage or barn accomodation if you decide to visit Hadrians wall.
You may find this relevant information helpful when researching the area prior to your visit
Sites from the golden age of Northumbria and other Christian heritage attractions in Northumberland and the surrounding area include:
Heavenfield Battlefield Off the B6318, 4 miles north of Hexham. The site of the battle in 635AD where King Oswald defeated Cadwallon of Gwynedd (North Wales) to restore the Kingdom of Northumbria to its dominant position in 7th century Britain. It is marked by a wooden roadside cross beside which there is a good interpretation panel telling the story of the battle. The little church of St Oswald, 100 yards from the cross, was rebuilt in 1737 and is now a site of pilgrimage. Between the cross and the church is the line of Hadrian's Wall which was still standing at the time of the battle. It is strange but true that Heavenfield is the only known battle involving Hadrian's Wall, although the Romans had left Britain some 200 years previously.
|Our bed and breakfast near hadrians wall is roughly equidistant from Edinburgh and York, on the Cumbria / Northumbria border and near the Scottish border. Three miles from the exact 'Centre of Britain'.
Lindisfarne Priory Holy Island. Reached only across a causeway at low tide so you will need to check the Tide Timetables before your visit. Nothing remains of the original monastery which was founded in the 7th century by St Aidan. Following its destruction by the Vikings in 793, it was 400 years before Lindisfarne was re-established as a Benedictine priory. This new priory was itself destroyed by Henry VIII in the 16th century and the stones were used to build Lindisfarne Castle. The dramatic "rainbow arch" over the nave of the priory still stands. The excellent Visitor Centre explains how the monks used to live on this wind-swept island. A selection of books and celtic jewellery is also on sale. Outside, the statue of St Aiden is a popular subject for visitors' photographs. Open (2003): Daily, all year, April - September 10:00am - 6:00pm, October10:00am - 5:00pm, November - March 10:00 - 4:00pm. Adults: £3.00 (2003). Tel: +44 (0)1289 - 389200. Partially accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. For more details about the Priory, please see English Heritage.
Lindisfarne Heritage Centre Experience the beauty of the Lindisfarne Gospels through a computer-based version of the book in an exhibition called "Turning the Pages", created by the British Library. The Heritage Centre also houses an exhibition of island life, its flora, land, people and the sea. Open all year, April - October 10:00am - 5:00pm, November - March 10:00 - 4:00pm. Adults: £2.50, U16 Free (2003) Tel:(01289) 389004. For more information, please see the Lindisfarne Heritage Centre Website. Modern artwork based on the calligraphy of the Gospels and other celtic inspired artwork is available from the Lindisfarne Sciptorium.
Holmhead bed and breakfast near hadrians wall has special recommendations in:
Elizabeth Gundreys 'Staying off the beaten track'
English Tourism Council's official guide 'Somewhere Special'
The Good Britain guide
Market Place, Hexham. Founded by St Wilfrid in 674, the original Saxon church was (as many buildings of that time) constructed from stones taken from Hadrian's Wall. The crypt is all that remains of the original building and Roman inscriptions can still be seen on some of the stones. The present 12th Century Abbey remains Hexham's Parish church. Its treasures include the stone "Saint Wilfrid's Chair", reputedly the coronation seat for the Kings of Northumbria; and the grand Midnight Stair which once led to the canon's dormitory.