The Northeast Sights

Housesteads Roman Fort

  • B6318 Map It
  • Haydon Bridge
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

If you have time to visit only one Hadrian's Wall site, Housesteads Roman Fort, Britain's most complete example of a Roman fort, is your best bet. It includes long sections of the wall, an excavated fort, and a new visitor center with a collection of artifacts discovered at the site and computer-generated images of what the fort originally looked like. The fort itself is a 10-minute walk uphill from the parking lot (not for those with mobility problems), but the effort is worth it to see the surprisingly extensive ruins, dating from around AD 125. Excavations have revealed the remains of granaries, gateways, barracks, a hospital, and the commandant's house. The northern tip of the fort, at the crest of the hill, has one of the best views of Hadrian's Wall, passing beside you before disappearing over hills and crags in the distance.

Sight Information

Address:

B6318, Haydon Bridge, NE47 6NN, England

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Phone:

01434-344363

Sight Details:

  • £6.60
  • Apr.–Oct., daily 10–6; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–4

Published 08/18/2015

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