Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
from £46.20
Travel through 2,000 years of history as you visit ancient Roman sites such as Hadrian’s Wall, Dere Street, Birdoswald Fort, Steel Rigg and historic villages along the border of Scotland and England. You'll drive through stunning scenery in Northumberland National Park, the Irthing Valley and the Southern Uplands and learn about the Anglo-Scottish wars of the 14th–16th centuries. Your professional guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Roman Britain and the Scottish Borders on this small-group (limited to 16 people) day tour from Edinburgh.
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In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
10 hours 30 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Meet here for boarding 15 mins before the published departure time.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Jedburgh Abbey Visitor Centre Abbey Bridge End, Jedburgh TD8 6JQ Scotland

A beautiful market town that Mary Queen of Scots famously visited. Optional visit to the Abbey.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Carter Bar, A68, Jedburgh Scotland

Continuing south we make a stop at the scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman road and has formed the border between the two countries for the past 700 years.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Steel Rigg, Henshaw, Hexham NE477AN England

Hadrian’s Wall - The wildest and most northerly frontier of the ancient Roman Empire.

We follow the road that takes us along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg. You have time to walk beside the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldiers would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the ‘barbarians’ to the north.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Vindolanda Vindolanda Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7JG England

Vindolanda is one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. Vindolanda means white lawns or white fields. We know that the Roman name for the fort was Vindolanda because of an altar set up by the civilians at Vindolanda to the god Vulcan which was found during drainage works in 1914. The altar is on display in the museum. The name Vindolanda has also been discovered on some of the writing tablets. (closed in January).

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Birdoswald Roman Fort, Gilsland, Brampton CA8 7DD England

Here you can still see the remains of all of the Wall's defining features. Stand in awe as the longest remaining stretch of the Wall spans as far as your eye can see, and explore the ruins of the Roman fort, a turret and milecastle.

Duration: 10 minutes


  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by luxury Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small group tour (16 people max) for a more personal experience.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Admission fees
  • Entry/Admission - Jedburgh Abbey
  • Entry/Admission - Vindolanda

Departure Time

8:15 AM

Departure Point

Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was our favorite day trip while visiting the UK. James, our guide, made the trip truly memorable with his extensive knowledge, humor, and anecdotes. We loved getting out of the city and seeing some of the beautiful countryside. Seeing the Jedburgh Abby, Hadrian's Wall, and Vindolanda was an incredible experience that we would highly recommend.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
Dougie made this trip interesting and fun. Lots of driving but great narration helped make the time pass. Nice stops along the way.
• Submitted 16 Aug 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. Robbie was a great host. He was also very sweet and accommodating, he helped me access the stops by pulling closer without even being asked which was very ( I have some mobility issues due to an injury ) The tour was fun and informative and full of nice little surprises.. We loved that Robbie had music picked out for us as well. Over all it was a great value and we will look at other tours from Rabbies our next trip.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this trip. Jan was a fantastic guide! He regaled us with Scottish stories and lore during the ride. The ruins of the wall was set amid pastures and farmland and was breath taking! We stopped at charming villages along the way. Before we took off he warned us that if anyone did not appreciate history and ancient ruins, then you probably wouldnt enjoy this. We do love history and ruins and enjoyed every minute!!!
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
Mac (Rabbies Tours) was a wonderful guide, full of history on the diverse places we visisted and made the whole experience really come alive. The history, the scnery, the countryside of Scottland and England, along with wonderful music made the long day very special. Loved taking the back roads instead of another "intersate" highway. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
It was an incredible tour full of history and natural beauty! Our guide Ewan B. was amazing, a natural born storyteller! The tour made a stop at the Scottish Border, the charming, quaint town of Jedburgh where we saw the magnificent 12th century Abbey, we explored the ruins of Vindolanda which is an active excavation site, and of course the remarkable remains of Hadrian's Wall. I highly recommend this tour. When in Scotland this is a must see!
• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
What I find makes the difference between 4 and 5 rating is the guide. Gav mixed great service and knowledge to earn that star. Long ride had appropriate rest stops and nicely covered the Roman theme.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a fabulous tour. We were able to see both Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda from our home base in Edinburgh. Both were incredible sights and our guide, Robbie, did a fantastic job answering all of our questions. Would highly recommend!
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
I took this tour on the last day of my trip to Scotland, and it was the absolute best of the four tours I'd been on. Very well-organized Rabbies tour, excellent guide and driver, clearly stated itinerary, and spectacular scenery. Wonderful.
• Submitted 10 May 2019
Great educational and entertaining tour of the area south of Edinburgh and the north of England. Richard gave us a great overview of the history of the border areas between Scotland and England, the reivers and how that shaped the character of the people. Jedburgh Abbey was fascinating to visit, and we loved seeing Hadrian's wall and Vindolanda with its archeological treasures. Seeing the countryside and hearing the history and culture at the same time is such a great way to see the countryside.
• Submitted 16 Oct 2018
An excellent tour. Ewan B was a great entertaining guide that enlightened us with much Scottish history! The main attractions were great. Could have spent a little more time in Jedburgh.
• Submitted 06 Oct 2018
The husband and I learned so much on this tour. Rabbie’s goes above all expectations, when compared to other tour companies!
• Submitted 17 Sep 2018
So much knowledge in this tour! Our guide was perfection!
• Submitted 31 Aug 2018
This was a fantastic tour. The Only drawback was I forgot my camera on this day.
• Submitted 22 Jul 2018
My driver was great., Richard I think I have a bad memory for name. He had lots of knowledge. Just the right amount of talking and history background on the bus and they played local music or music that tied into the Stories he was telling. I would recommend to anyone looking an excursion out of Edinburgh. Make sure you leave enough time for the museum at the Roman Fort town. I ran out.
• Submitted 22 Jul 2018
Walking along Hadrian's Wall and seeing an ancient Roman fort ruin is chance of a lifetime. Other sites worth visiting as well. Great tour.
• Submitted 10 Apr 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
I could not praise our tour guide Sean more! Sean was a history teaching before switching to tours and let me tell you that made ALL the difference on this tour with Rabbie's. You could tell how much Sean loved Scottish and English history. He knew so much about the time period the wall was build and clearly wanted to share that love with us on his tour. The Mercedes van was really comfy and we had a smaller group. Be prepared to hike around in possibly mud. It was winter for us so we brought lots of layers too as it was quite chilly outside. This was a fun day trip out from Edinburgh. We loved seeing the wall and learning about this time period in Scotland's history. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing the wall.
• Submitted 06 Mar 2018
Good tour
• Submitted 24 Feb 2018
Martin and Adam made a great Guide/Driver team! They worked well together and had a fun sense of humor. Martin shared his knowledge and stories of the places we visited and answered all of our questions. It was super windy up at the top of one of the milecastles we stopped at, but absolutely worth the climb!
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
Great tour. Rabbi's does a wonderful job. When I go to Scotland again I will definitely take more tours with them.
• Submitted 16 Dec 2017
Hadrian's Wall! So much history I never knew. The border of Scotland and England was a great photo opportunity. Too many site to rate. ALL sites on the tour were great and informative!
• Submitted 15 Nov 2017
Fantastic was a comfortable trip with lots of interesting history to see and hear. Loved it. Dave our driver was great and the bus was comfortable.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
Excellent tour for history buffs. Our guide Andy was friendly and informative. We stopped at several sites associated with Roman settlement and rule including an amazing Roman fort and settlement with an excellent museum. The trip lasted over 11 hours and the pacing was just right. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 30 Oct 2017

In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
10 hours 30 minutes
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

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