Perched high on a ridge with spectacular views, Housesteads Roman Fort is the perfect location to experience the history and romance of Hadrian’s Wall. This is the most complete Roman fort in Britain, and the atmospheric ruins offer much to explore, from granaries and barracks to a hospital and even a multi-seated latrine. Housesteads Roman Fort is a beautiful rest stop for those walking on Hadrian’s Wall – why not pack a picnic and find tranquillity at this magnificent site?
Vindolanda has the largest collection of excavated Roman buildings to be seen on Hadrian’s Wall. The highlight is the museum which houses examples of the Vindolanda tablets, a set of hand written notes that form the earliest written records from Britain and have revealed a great deal about life on the wall. Every year the Vindolanda Trust continues to excavate the site between April and September, with many volunteers taking part.
Visit the best-preserved example of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain, built to guard the Roman bridge that carried Hadrian’s Wall over the River North Tyne. There is much to see at Chesters Roman Fort, with remains of the garrison's bath house, the commandant’s house and all four principal gateways nestled in a beautiful wooded valley. The newly refurbished museum displays an outstanding collection of Roman finds retrieved by the local antiquarian John Clayton. Impressive Roman bridge remains can be seen on the otherside of the river.
Lying in the middle of a working farm, Great Chesters Roman Fort is one of the best kept secrets of Hadrian's Wall. Great Chesters lies approximately half way between Cawfields and Walltown, one of the most rewarding sections of the wall for walking.
The site of a series of military forts and later a flourishing garrison town, Corbridge played a vital role in every Roman campaign in northern Britain. Visitors today see only a small fraction of what once stood here, but the remains, including granaries, a fountain house and a large courtyard building, are undeniably impressive. The museum contains a rich selection of finds from across the area including coins, pottery and several fine sculptures.
Segedunum, which means strong Fort, stood at the eastern end of the Wall and was home to 600 Roman soldiers. Today, Segedunum is once again the gateway to Hadrian's Wall. It is the most excavated Fort along the Wall and has a large interactive museum plus a 35 metre high viewing tower providing outstanding views across the fort.
Built around AD160, Arbeia Roman Fort once guarded the entrance to the River Tyne, playing an essential role in the mighty frontier system. Based four miles east of the end of Hadrian's Wall at South Shields, the Fort was originally built to house a garrison and soon became the military supply base for the 17 Forts along the Wall. Today, the excavated remains, stunning reconstructions of original buildings and finds discovered at the Fort combine to give a unique insight into life in Roman Britain.
Birdoswald stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall. The Birdoswald Visitor Centre provides a good introduction to Hadrian's Wall, and tells the intriguing story of Birdoswald and the people who have lived here over the past 2,000 years.
Hardknott Roman Fort was one of the loneliest outposts of the Roman Empire, built on a spectacular site overlooking the pass which forms part of the Roman road from Ravenglass to Ambleside and Brougham at Penrith. The drive to the site is something quite special!
Binchester predates Hadrian's Wall and is one of a number of forts built along the length of Dere Street, the main Roman road from York to Scotland. The fort is situated close to the modern day city of Durham, home to the UK's best cathedral.
The fort at Piercebridge was not built until 260-270AD, though artefacts found here indicate it may have been use prior to this. Nearby are the remains of the Roman bridge and admission is free.