1886 Hadrian’s Wall Pilgrimage

This is a historic exhibition. It is no longer available to visit and this page is only retained as a record of the previous event. For current and future exhibitions, visit our What's On page.

In pictures

Two men at Housesteads circa 1930


Until 3 November 2019 (historic exhibition)


The first Pilgrimage of Hadrian’s Wall in 1849 was attended by just 24 people. Occurring every ten years, the fourteenth Pilgrimage in July 2019 saw Hadrian’s Wall welcome over 200 participants from Britain and abroad.

To celebrate the 2019 Hadrian’s Wall Pilgrimage we look back at a series of photographs taken during and after the 1886 Pilgrimage.