Housesteads Roman Fort

Hadrian's Wall
Haydon Bridge
NE47 6NN

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Set high on a dramatic escarpment on Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site, Housesteads Roman Fort takes you back to the Roman Empire.

Wander the barrack blocks and the hospital. Peer into the oldest toilets you're ever likely to see, and admire the stunning panoramic views from this ancient fortress.

English Heritage's interactive museum showcases objects once belonging to Roman soldiers, and the mini-cinema will take you on a journey through time.

Pack a picnic and enjoy a Roman adventure overlooking panoramic vistas.

Note: The Fort is owned by National Trust but managed by English Heritage. The car park is owned by Northumberland National Park and parking charges apply.


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The edge of Empire


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Free entry to English Heritage & National Trust Members. 

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Great place, well worth a visit

Robert R,
Nice walk up to the fort and enough to see, museum is small so if you have your dog no great loss to miss that bit. Nice little walk up the wall and some amazing views to the west so don't miss that!!

Historically Important Site in a Beautiful Location

M D, London, United Kingdom
Housesteads is a Roman fortress along Hadrian's Wall and is a fairly easy drive from Durham or Newcastle. There also appears to be a local bus that runs yo Hexham Station. Only the ruins of the fort still stand today, but given their age (and the tendency of locals to repurchase Roman stone over the subsequent centuries), it's really amazing that there's even that much left. Standing at the edge of the escarpment and looking up and down at the wall running along the landscape really conveys a sense of the wild borderlands that the Romans encountered. The site is owned by the National Trust but managed by English Heritage, and either membership will get you in for free. The car park is 4 pounds and is managed by the local Norhumbria Council, so NT and EH members will still have to pay. Toilets are just off the car park, and the small NT giftshop sells sandwiches and hot beverages. There's an indoor seating area, but it's not a real NT cafe, so food options are limited and might be sold out later in the day. Upwards from the NT entrance, the fort and the EH museum are a half mile, mainly uphill walk along a gravel path. Although not particularly suitable for pushchairs or buggies, it was a pleasant walk. In the spring, the surrounding fields are dotted with sheep and new lambs. The museum is just one room with a small theatre showing a 6 minute introductory film. The museum has a hot drink machine but no food. The only toilets are portable loos out back. The ruins themselves are signed with placards, but we went on a free tour with a guide (there were two daily) and learned more about the various rooms than was written on the signs. If you're able to take the time to join a tour, it's a good way to see the fort, although we were fairly cold by the time we were finished. Definitely recommend visiting if you have even a passing interest in Roman history. You can combine it with seeing the other sights along the wall or some hiking in the area.

Spectacular place, better organisation would help

Travellingdave0, London
My 'average' rating is no reflection on the impressive site, which gives an evocative impression of what life must have been like defending the frontier from attacks from the north. I just had a couple of minor frustrations - first, the place claims to be dog-friendly at them main entrance, but then we were told we would need to leave them outside of the museum entrance (we couldn't: they would have been stressed and bothered other visitors, so we skipped the museum). I simply ask for more clarity on policies at the entrance. Second, the ruins are mainly ruins with the exception of the latrines that have somehow survived better than the rest. They are an amazing and rarely available demonstration of Roman engineering and resourcefulness. Why then, allow idiots to climb and jump all over them? A group of adults did this while I looked on and I was really concerned that precarious stone slabs would be damaged. Surely there should be stronger measures in place to protect the site, so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.

Breath taking

colin S, Worcester Park, United Kingdom
an amazing site. A must see place. Its wonderful that such sites still exist. Be ware that the walk from the car park to the fort is uphill. I use a walking stick but managed with two stops. Hadrian's wall is just as amazing this wall in the middle of nowhere. The Romans where certainly great builders. A must see site

Day visit

Chris W,
What a excellent roman fort. Great place to wonder round, walk on the wall and look around the small museum. Really did enjoy the morning. Give yourself at least 2hrs to go around and if your can a bit longer. Also with in walking distance towards Carlisle is sycamore gap. Unfortunately we did not realise and missed it. Apparently Robin Hood was filmed there.

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