Chesters Roman Fort

Hadrian's Wall
Chollerford
Northumberland
NE46 4EU

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Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in  Britain - wander around the unusually well-preserved baths and steam room, and the officers' quarters.

Discover an amazing collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in the newly-updated Clayton Museum, which exhibits Roman objects and inscriptions found at the fort and along Hadrian's Wall by John Clayton, saviour of Hadrian's Wall. 

Chesters Tearoom serves delicious local delicasies from cakes and scones to light lunches.

Take part in 'Chesters Fort Takeover' a family trail, which will help you explore the site in character. 

Don't miss the lively events programme, which bring history to life. Don't miss '19th Century Mini Archaeologists' this February half term. Book tickets now. 

 

 

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Ticketing and entry prices for Chesters Roman Fort

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Adult)
1
£6.20
per ticket
Concession 1
£5.60
per ticket
Child 1
£3.70
per ticket

Family Ticket - £16.10 (2 adults and 3 children)

English Heritage Members go free

 

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tripadvisor
18/09/2017

England's Heritage - start here for The Roman Wall


Toby2006, Hexham
Today convinced me that English Heritage was not just a worthwhile organisation but contained the key to a huge number of infinitely varied and intensely interesting sites to which the name ‘Heritage’ can be suitably applied. And today, nowhere could more appropriate for the introduction to the organisation than Chesters Roman Fort, which displays and maybe more importantly, carries the message of life in those days at the farthest outpost of the world’s greatest ever Empire. All that aside from the very impressive architecture and buildings which even now still remain to public view. This almost wholly due to a certain Mr John Clayton, the ‘saviour’ of the Wall and the nineteenth century antiquarian who spent his life resurrecting the remnants of the Wall. Frankly given the large scale re-cycling of Roman Wall stone sourcing scores of nearby farmhouses, churches and wherever stone was needed, the extent of the remains is remarkable. Sitting as it does, a significant part of The Roman Wall and a handful of miles from Hexham, a hot-bed of heritage and historical sites itself, Chesters presents an eye-opening view of what life was like for those guarding the Northern frontier of the vast Roman empire. Chesters really is a mini-village with the civilians outside its walls. It housed 500 men and was one of the rare outposts, because of its position and the duties it carried, to house a cavalry regiment – for the frontier was long and difficult to guard. The fort, being placed actually on the Wall, had three of its gates opening towards the North facilitating army expeditions and even had two extra gates (making a rare six in total) facing South to facilitate entrance and exit for supplies. Entering the carpark, with adequate space for all, the entrance, which also houses the shop, obscures what must be one of the best views of the Tyne valley. And as the site is explored, new panoramas open up constantly across the river valley lying as it does so close to the river which was of course its main reason for its positioning – to guard the river crossings (and today I found out there were two: a footbridge, and then its replacement with a more substantial structure for carts and horses) is an added bonus. The day we went we had perfect Autumnal weather with clear skies, barely a breath of wind and soft dry grass underfoot. The site opens at 10am every day and the friendly staff, equally friendly to dogs and human visitors alike, are tremendously enthusiastic from the moment the door is opened. The entrance opens out onto a beautiful grassy area with good quality outside seating and spectacular valley views. The tea room houses a handful of tables and the ladies therein enthusiastically dispense everything from homemade cakes and soup to freshly made sandwiches and treats for dogs – a welcome welcome, as it were, for dogs are such an integral part of so many peoples’ lives these days, especially those visiting such sites. We started the day with tea and homemade scones and some 2½ hours later we enjoyed homemade tomato and basil soup followed by homemade delicious carrot cake as a lift before Brunton Turret, a couple of miles away, was attempted. Entry was £6.60 each (later we refunded when we decided to join English Heritage) and the excellent handbook we bought for £5 covered all likely points of interest all the Roman Wall, not just Chesters. Indeed the book has inspired the planning of further expeditions. The walk along a short path into the site was easy though much of the site, by its very nature needs a degree of mobility to enjoy it. The site is effectively split into two parts- one of which has been well excavated and the rest which is still to be excavated, though unlike other areas on the Roman Wall there are no excavations in progress at The Chesters, nor likely to be so for some time. The areas available to inspect and generally wander round are very well laid out with immaculately cut grass everywhere. Every aspect of the site is well described with a profuse range of signs at each of the excavation. These depicted the location of the building within the overall site, the use to which it was put and excellent artist portrayals of the original building when in use. The impression is of a small well organised village with well mixed duties and services. The services especially show the concern there was for the health and welfare of men and horses and the use to which communal bathing is used indirectly as a social service for whilst bathing was the purpose the organisation of the Bath House, well detailed here, obviously encouraged rest and relaxation. Despite the implicit hardships and dangers of duties at the extremities of the Empire, there were compensations. There are 4 main groups of excavated buildings which claim the main interest; these are: • The Barracks, approached through the North Gate as the main entrance from the Museum/Café area and the first excavated area one approaches • The Headquarters building • The Commanding Officer’s house • The Bath House There are also excavations showing the 4 main gates at the points of the compass and a sprinkling of towers. Whilst we visited all areas the 4 main areas really did concentrate the interest and convey much of what life was like for the men and horses based there in some detail. Outside the fort is an adjacent civil settlement simply inviting excavation but where excavation is, as yet, lying untouched. Increasingly, for me, there seemed much opportunity there to expand the site into something of even greater interest. The impressive museum is a treasure trove of chunks of stone from altars, large and small to columns and statues with an interesting touch amongst so much, the curator pointing out principle points of interest. There is a sprinkling of small articles which I personally find brings the people of these bygone eras to life, for instance the personal ornamentation with which the men decorated their horses with whom they built significant relationships. Of course with three men and three horses per room in the Barracks getting along with your horse is para-‘mount’. There is an example of a crossbow brooch which apparently was given as a status symbol. I would have enjoyed more examples of coins, in which I take a personal interest, but mundane everyday articles of personal use were, to me, absorbing. We spent a good part of the time at the beginning of our tour in the intriguing Bath House, full of interest and increasingly showing the care and attention paid to the soldiers as ordinary men who needed the type of support that made them feel good. Hot and cold, wet and dry, all options are there as the men moved through the feel good and look good operation, and playing games of one kind or another prolonged the process. Not far from the Bath House there is a viewpoint across the river where the larger bridge was built and if time is available a walk down the Eastern bank of the river shows with residual huge blocks of stone where there is an abutment in which a pier was embedded. Many engravings on the stones can still be seen. The Commander’s rather grand house, complete with its own bath-house was in complete contrast to the Barracks, for it had space in plenty. It warrants comparison ‘in the stone’ as it were. The Commander had significant status, especially in such an outpost as this, and it showed in the commodious dwelling which was his. Aside from the attraction of this being a site of real historical value and interest, the views gained are a treat in themselves and the people there were taking photos of both. I was pleased, being a relative local, that on this day in September there was a good sprinkling of visitors, maybe 50-100 wandering round this site and indeed, like ourselves, several were carrying the red bag emblazoned ‘I joined today’, for if there is one site which persuades anyone to value our heritage and wishes to contribute to it, it is Chesters. Frankly the number of sites which are available for visiting via English Heritage was a surprise and with associated sites where reductions are on offer, there is a tempting miscellany of attractions available.
tripadvisor
17/09/2017

Fascinating place and brilliant guided tour


HJenkins71, London, United Kingdom
We stopped off here one afternoon whilst staying in the area. Purely by chance, we got there 45 minutes before a free guided tour was happening. Perfect time to get something from the lovely tea shop before we set off. The guide (Pat) was absolutely brilliant. She was a great speaker, very informative and full of interesting facts - we both learned something within the first 5 minutes of her introduction and we hadn't even got to the fort yet! The speed she took us round was absolutely perfect and the whole place was covered very thoroughly. It absolutely made our trip. The place itself is fascinating - if you're not there when there's a tour on then there are plenty of information boards and you can wander around at will. It's beautifully kept and well worth a visit.
tripadvisor
15/09/2017

Great


fssutton1, Ithaca, New York
This, in my opinion, is a must stop on a Hadrian's Wall visit. Extensive excavations in a truly beautiful setting. The museum has an amazing collection of artifacts that takes time to fully absorb.
tripadvisor
11/09/2017

If you're at all interested in England's Roman visit


hrtraveler, Colorado
this is a place you must visit-especially in light of its history. Basically, this extensive museum and accompanying partially recovered Roman settlement are the work of one man, who on his own began archaeological digs to preserve the local area's Roman history. The museum is extensive and awe-inspiring.
tripadvisor
09/09/2017

Chester's Roman Fort is a must vist.


peternilsson024,
If you are going to visit one fort near Hadrian's Wall. This is the one to visit. The staff is helpful and they also have a nice tearoom (if weather allows you can sit outside). I have been there 3 times and never been disappointed. I would revisit again. since it is such a great site. Don't forget to visit the Clayton Museum, without John Clayton we would have less to see of the wall. He saved it from destruction. Highly recommended!

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