Chesters Roman Fort (Hadrian's Wall)
1 April to 30 September 9.30am to 6.00pm all week. 1 October to 31 March 10.00am to 4.00pm all week. Closed 24 to 26 December and 1 January.
Adults £3.80, concessions £2.90, children £1.90, English Heritage members are free.
Chesters Fort was built to guard the Roman bridge which carried Hadrian’s Wall and the military road over the River North Tyne. It was one of a series of permanent troop bases added soon after the Wall was built. Occupied for nearly three centuries, its six-acre area housed a cavalry regiment of around 500 men. There is much to see on the ground: all four principal gateways are well preserved, with the short lengths of Wall adjoining them. The entire foundations of the headquarters building are visible, with a courtyard, hall, regimental temple and strongroom clearly laid out: so is the commandant’s house, the largest and most luxurious building in the fort. Down by the river, the changing rooms, steam rooms and bathing areas of the garrison’s bath house are extremely well preserved, as is the Roman bridge abutment on the opposite bank of the river. The on-site museum displays a collection of Roman finds retrieved by the local antiquarian John Clayton.
Chesters Roman Fort
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Tea room and gift shop.
Access to remains, impacted gravel path. Short grass around fort. Bath House reached via steep slope and steps. Museum, via flagstones and ramps, seats. Parking, 15m from entrance, with spaces for disabled rivers. Wide ramp to admission point. Sculptures to touch in museum. NB visitors are recommended to bring a companion as there are many low walls.
Please contact 01434 681 379.
By car: ¼ mile wesr of Chollerford on B6318 (OS Map 87; ref NY 913701). Phone: Tourist Information Centre, Hexham 01434 605 225. By bus: Stagecoach Cumberland AD122, also Tyne Valley 880/2 from Hexham station to within ½ mile. By train: Hexham 5 ½ miles.