The most complete and possibly most famous Roman fort in Britain, Housesteads is set high on an imposing ridge of Hadrian’s Wall. See what life was like 2,000 years ago for the 800 Roman soldiers based here. Stroll through dramatic remains of barracks, a hospital and some of the oldest latrines you may ever encounter.
Make for Vindolanda to see the largest collection of excavated Roman buildings on Hadrian’s Wall. The only place on the Wall to see archaeologists uncovering Roman life before your eyes, Vindolanda is one of Europe’s most important Roman archeological sites.
Be sure to explore Vindolanda museum and see the famous Vindolanda tablets, preserved Roman postcards from the past discovered in excavations here.
Guarding the Roman bridge ferrying Hadrian’s Wall across the River North Tyne is Chesters Roman Fort. Public bathhouses were an essential part of civilized Roman life and at Chesters you can see the remains of steam baths and dry heat baths – similar to modern day saunas.
Visit the quirky museum here and see a range of finds discovered at Chesters, including a modius – a large bronze bucket used for measuring grain, dated to AD81.
One of the Wall’s best-kept secrets, Great Chesters was built to guard the Caw Gap, the point where the Haltwhistle Burn crosses the Wall. The final Roman fort to be built, look out for its former strong room, a vaulted chamber at the centre of the grass-covered ramparts. See the only Roman alter still standing along the wall, which remains in place at the southern gateway.
The foundation stone of strategic Roman campaigns throughout northern Britain, Corbridge was a lifeline supply base for legions garrisoned along the Wall. Wander the remains of buildings here, including granaries, a fountain house and a large courtyard building. Browse artefacts and finds found locally including coins, pottery and sculptures at the Corbridge Roman Town Museum.
Meaning ‘strong fort’ Segedunum stood guard at the eastern end of the Wall. In its heyday, Segedunum housed 600 Roman soldiers and stood for almost 300 years as a symbol of Roman might against barbarian attack. See the only stone toilet seat from Roman Britain, spearheads and sections of ring mail armour as well as a collection of rounded throwing stones - once used as defensive missiles for the fort. Climb a 35-metre viewing tower for outstanding views across Segedunum.
Built to guard the mouth of the River Tyne at South Shields, Arbeia Roman Fort became a military supply base for the 16 forts stretching along the Wall. See the excavated remains of the fort as well as stunning reconstructions of the original building and finds including the best-preserved ringmail suit in the country.
Above a loop in the River Irthing, the Roman fort of Birdoswald stands in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. Along the stretch of Wall here, a turret and milecastle can also be explored. Head to The Birdoswald Visitor Centre for a concise introduction to Hadrian's Wall and learn the intriguing story of Birdoswald and its residents.
This lonely Roman Empire outpost set far into the Cumbrian hills has haunting views across the pass which forms part of the Roman road from Ravenglass to Ambleside and Brougham at Penrith.
Predating the Wall itself, Binchester was once the largest Roman fort in County Durham. Explore impressive remains of a Roman bathhouse with its 1,700 year-old under floor heating system and discover why taking a bath meant more than just keeping clean in Roman times.
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.