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Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall

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Address: Haydon Bridge, Haydon Bridge, Hexham NE47 6NN, England
Phone Number: +44 (0) 870 333 1181
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Fabulous example of a fort on Hadrians Wall , with marvellous views

We visited Housesteads after having seen Chesters Fort ( well worth a visit!) . It is as different as it can be . with the remains at Housesteads being set on a very bleak... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Housesteads after having seen Chesters Fort ( well worth a visit!) . It is as different as it can be . with the remains at Housesteads being set on a very bleak windswept hill, but offering amazing views over the surrounding countryside. Its a bit of a walk from the carpark , but well worth it. The museum... More 

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Wombwell, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you in the area then this is a must to visit, we spent around 2 hours here. Kids given activity book and stickers from main entrance. Like mentioned if you struggle walking then it's not for you. Fort is on top of steep hill. Half way up we stopped in museum which was quite surprising with how much it... More 

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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place! Unbelievable that these forts don't get more international interest. Housesteads is a quarter of a mile walk uphill, if you have sketchy mobility it might be better to opt for Vindolanda which is nearby. It was blowing a gale, so we stopped in the visitor centre to warm up and steel ourselves for more weather.the small displays are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely loved this fascinating trip and learnt many things about how the Romans built a fort... did you know they had underfloor heating for example? We were left feeling "should we be allowed to walk all over the walls etc" and it's great that it's dog friendly (on a lead) but not in the museum. FYI There is half... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Public Relations Manager at Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall, responded to this review

Hello Vikkie, We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip to Housesteads Roman Fort. Thank you for leaving your feedback and comments. Housesteads is jointly run by three organisations, English Heritage, National Trust and Northumberland National Park. The car park is owned and managed Northumberland National Park Authority, who also run a number of other car parks along the Wall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a National Trust member I was surprised we had to pay for the car park, but apparently it isn't owned by the NT. The fort at Housesteads is on the wall itself at the top of a ridge, so it is a 400yd walk up the ridge. No problem for even slightly mobile people and the path is good.... More 

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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a bleak snowy day, but it made the atmosphere realistic. You could imagine the soldiers in the fort keeping warm round the fires while watching the bleak landscape for invaders. Be prepared to walk a some of the way up hill. The wall was interesting , as was the visitors centre with the video.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on a very cold snowy January day. It was really quiet except for a few hardy souls and dog walkers. At 46 this was my first visit to Hadrian's Wall (shameful I know) along with my 19 daughter (her first visit too)! The visitor centre and museum were staffed by really friendly and informative people.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Housesteads Fort provides a glimpse into what life was like for Roman soldiers during the peak of the Empire. While the ruins really just provide an outline of the structures that once stood (they are more than 1,600 years old!) the information plaques really help put things in context. You can picture the praetor holding court in his magnificent villa... More 

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Ilkley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Very well set up site although if you don't like walking, you may not enjoy it. The on-site visitors centre is just the right size. Placards around the site itself are informative enough to bring it all to life.

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Narberth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

A fair walk in snow uphill to a Roman fort so well preserved that you could feel the history. 800 men lived up this hill, where the weather is often uninviting, but that just made the difficulties of their lives in this harsh environment all the more significant. They came from Rome/Italy and the Northumbrian landscape must have been such... More 

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