Gilsland is a small Village 19 miles
east of Carlisle, 41 miles west of
Gilsland is popular for Hadrian's
Wall passing through the Village,
Gilsland Hall Hotel 1 mile north with
Woodland Walks, Birdoswald Roman Fort 2 miles
west, and Haltwhistle Golf Club 2 miles
Area Attractions Click on
The image top is of Milecastle 48, part of
Hadrian's Wall on the east side of Gilsland,
next to the old Railway Station. This is the
first part of Gilsland walkers see when
walking from the Newcastle direction.
There are two ways to follow the Hadrian's
Wall Path from here, to the left and over a
Railway Footpath, then down through a field
to Gilsland Primary School.
You can also go down to the right from the
Milecastle, cross the Poltcross Burn by
footbridge, and walk down through Gilsland
past the Samson Inn and under the Railway
The three Main Attractions in Gilsland are
the Samson Inn for Drinks and Meals, Bridge
Inn for Drinks, and Cafe / Shop in the
Gilsland Methodist Church is next to the
Cafe with the road up past the Church leading
to Gilsland School and back to Hadrian's
Hadrian's Wall from Gilsland School to
Birdoswald Roman Fort is about 1 mile long,
one of the top sections of the Wall to visit.
Hotel is about 1 mile north, formerly
(Gilsland Spa Hotel) popular for drinks and
meals, with views over the Village. The Hotel
has a Bowling Green, Woodland Walks with
Waterfalls, Popping Stone for Romance, and
St Mary Magdalene
Church is at the entrance to Gilsland
Hall Hotel, an Anglican Church built from
1851 for Hotel guests, and the people of
Attractions close by Gilsland are:
Club 1 mile east
Thirlwall Castle 1 miles east
Birdoswald Roman Fort 2 miles
Lanercost Priory 6 miles west
From 122 - Hadrian's Wall is built between
Newcastle in the east and Carlisle in the
Milecastle 48, or now known as Poltcross
Burn Milecastle, is built in the area of
1603 - first recording of the Estate where
Gilsland Hall Hotel is now situated, named
Gilsland Village no doubt grew by the
Estate as estates employed many workers.
1745/46 - Jacobite rebellion battles were
the last in Britain, leading to a peaceful
country, ending many centuries of conflict
along the England - Scotland border.
1760s - first Hotel is built on Shaw's
Estate named Shaw's Hotel.
1787 - Robert Burns' the Scottish poet
visits Shaw's Hotel at Gilsland.
1797 - the novelist Walter Scott visited
Shaw's Hotel and Popping Stone with him
meeting his wife Miss Carpenter here.
1837 - the Carlisle to Newcastle Railway
opened with the Gilsland Station situated on
the east side of the village, originally
named Rosehill Railway Station.
1851 - St Mary Magdalene Church by Shaw's
Hotel is built.
1859 - Shaw's Hotel is destroyed by fire.
It was rebuilt larger soon after.
1869 - Gilsland Methodist Church is built
in the Village centre.
1893 - Shaw's Hotel is taken over to serve
as the Gilsland Spa Hotel.
1967 - Gilsland Train Station is
2016 - Gilsland Spa Hotel is renamed
Gilsland Hall Hotel.