English Heritage on Hadrian's Wall
Almost 2,000 years on and amazingly Hadrian’s Wall is still here! Some of this impressive feat of engineering is hidden from view now, but where you can see it you’ll find forts, museums and live action events, all just waiting for you to step into England’s story and discover our fascinating Roman past. English Heritage is guardian of four of the best preserved Roman sites: Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald Roman forts as well as Corbridge Roman town.
Housesteads Roman fort
You’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world when you reach this iconic location, with a 360-degree vantage point of dramatic scenery and awe-inspiring views.
Fly through time and see the fort reconstructed before your eyes in the museum, get up close and personal with real Roman objects and marvel at the remains of the fort itself. It’s one of the best preserved in the country with ancient drainage, heating systems and latrines (aka communal toilets!).
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Chesters Roman fort
Chesters is the place to relax on Hadrian’s Wall, mainly because it is home to one of the best preserved Roman bathhouses in Britain. This tranquil riverside fort is a popular spot for families. Children love crawling through and exploring the nooks and crannies of the bathhouse. The Victorian museum houses a fascinating collection of finds from John Clayton, who was a keen antiquarian and ‘saviour of the Wall.’
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Birdoswald Roman fort
This beautiful fort is now an open space to explore the fascinating ruins. You can also see the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. Birdoswald is a popular stopping point with walkers and cyclists, who rest their weary legs in our cosy tearoom. We’ll give you a warm Cumbrian welcome, and show you what life was like in Roman times in our exhibition.
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Corbridge Roman town
Not all of the sites on the frontier were heavily guarded fortresses. Corbridge was a supply base and bustling town where the soldiers and civilians would pick up food and provisions. Today, you can still walk through the streets of the town and see a true time capsule of Roman life. Marvel at a remarkable hoard of objects found during excavations, including Roman armour and trinkets, which provide a fascinating snapshot into the life of a soldier.
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And remember that if you are a member of a YAC club, you can get free entry to most of English Heritage’s sites and properties with your 2015 YAC Pass Card. Check out our Places to go section to find out more.