Housesteads Roman Fort

Hadrian's Wall
Haydon Bridge
Northumberland
NE47 6NN

+44 01434 344363

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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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Ticketing and entry prices for Housesteads Roman Fort

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Adult)
1
£7.00
per ticket
Child
(5-15 years)
1
£4.10
per ticket
Concession
(Over 60)
1
£6.20
per ticket
Family
(2 adults, 3 children)
4
£18.10
per ticket

Free entry to English Heritage & National Trust Members. 

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tripadvisor
14/07/2017

Amazing view, but be ready for a climb!


crzytch, Hillsboro, Oregon
When you get to the Visitor's Center, you buy your ticket and take a 10-minute walk/hike to the actual site, along a path surrounded by sheep. In my everyday life, I don't have much interaction with sheep, so just that was pretty interesting in itself. At the top of the hill, there is a small museum with an introductory video (go all the way to the back if you want to start with the video first.) The museum has some interesting artifacts and a miniature model of the layout of the fort. Don't spend all your time there though! The real action is in the remains of the fort itself just outside the museum building. Enter the gate (don't let the sheep in!) and walk through the ruins. There are some plaques, but it might be helpful to take a picture of the model in the museum to help orient you when you get out there. Go all the way to the top amd back of the fort to see the wall and the "dangerous" northern frontier. Take a moment to imagine being a young Roman soldier stationed there hoping you wouldn't see a horde of barbarians descending from the North. Stand on the wall and gaze into the distance as it continues. Wow. Such evocative history! Best: Get up close and personal with the ruins of the fort itself. Worst: Good exercise, but quite a climb if you are not usually known to do a bit of hiking. Tips: Wear good shoes, plan enough time to get up and back.
tripadvisor
13/07/2017

Amazing: I walked where the Romans walked!


jojo471, Oxford, United Kingdom
Frequent information boards around the site help you understand the significance of the remaining walls of the original buildings. Underfloor heating; culverts diverting rain water to the latrines...the Romans thought of everything! The staff were helpful and evidently enjoy curating this significant historical site. The short film is worth watching before walking up to the fort as it brings to life what you'll see. Note: there are 'real' toilets at the car park, but only portaloos at the museum next to the fort. I thought there were more Roman and Hadrian's Wall related items for sale in the museum gift shop than in the car park one.
tripadvisor
13/07/2017

Brilliant Roman site


Ian K, Alnwick, United Kingdom
This is the place to see Hadrian's wall at its best. The fort itself needs a good pair of legs to get there, but even the latrines are worth a view! The views alone are worth the walk, high in the windswept upper Pennines. Take your time!
tripadvisor
13/07/2017

Great setting


DennisWestSussex_UK, West Sussex, UK
Great setting at the top of the hill, in an isolated position. Good explanatory film and exhibition. Well preserved wall footings, easy to understand the layout of the fort. Had a pleasant, short walk along Hadrians wall.
tripadvisor
12/07/2017

Roman Fort


Alena W,
Wow! To walk in a Roman Fort and to see what daily life was like is amazing. It is quite a walk-about a half mile on hilly terrain. Wear sturdy shoes.

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