Chesters Roman Fort
Chesters Roman Fort
4.5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Come and see what life was like at one the Roman Empire's most northern outposts. Chesters Roman Fort is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain - wander around the unusually well-preserved baths and steam room, and the officers' quarters.
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  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, United Kingdom6,253 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As expected of an important Roman site
    A good site. The museum is well set out, and with more larger objects than a range of small to large like Corbridge but similarly interesting. Of Corbridge, Housesteads, Chesters, Birdoswald each site has its pluses, here probably the bath house adjacent to the river was the most significant structure, Housesteads for the best views of the wall. The ruins of the fort outside are a good size area again like Corbridge covering maybe 3 or 4 football fields but with several small ruins dotted on the peripheray of the site.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • MrMcCoatup
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully done
    We picked a 'good weather day' to visit which was a good move as most of the attraction is outside and the setting by the river is lovely. Really interesting and so well done: relevant features like the entrance gates, stables, and bath house have been excavated and parts of the wall and towers have been partly exposed which works really well. Nice coffee shop and small museum...and toilets, of course. A great way to spend a couple of hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Sally W
    68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good guided tour
    Would recommend a free guided tour of the fort, which happen twice a day, I believe. Our guide, Pat, brought the place to life and pointed out many interesting details that you don’t get from the information boards. The site is dog-friendly apart from the museum unlike Vindolanda which sadly doesn’t allow dogs at all. Thank you, Pat, for an interesting visit 👍
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Roy V
    Leatherhead, United Kingdom633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is strongly recommended
    After visiting Housesteads Roman Fort, we called here only to see the museum (we did not have time to view the fort). THE MUSEUM IS A MUST SEE, particularly for English Heritage members and anyone with an interest in Roman artifacts. The contents of the museum are amazing.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Henryh
    Ruthin, United Kingdom130 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Roman Britain comes out of its shell
    Whilst a visit to Rome brings the best insight to the Roman world we often overlook those treasures upon our doorstep. Chesters Fort is maybe not so well known across the UK but it provides a splendid picture of a Roman Fort and bathhouse. The on site Clayton Museum displays the findings of its Victorian antiquarian landowner. The display within is presently enhanced by the considerable rare sea shell collection of a family relative, many of the rarer examples were gathered by the 18C explorer Captain Cook. A separate small building offers a range of drinks and cakes and a light lunch offering is available. Access to the fort and bath house is via a grassy walk and access if difficult if wet or for those with mobility issues. Ample parking is available. Entrance and exit are effected via a small shop carrying a range gifts and historic themed toys.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 25, 2024
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Chris B
Wirral, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We visited Hadrian's Wall during Storm Dennis & this was one of the forts that we saw. John Clayton spent a lifetime excavating the Roman buildings that he found on his land, and his finds have uncovered a remarkable for, including stables, bath house & Principia.
As it was half term, inside the museum we met 'Marcus', a Roam legionnaire who engaged in conversation with us although we were both grownups & we learned a lot!
Written April 2, 2020
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Heljaque
Potters Bar, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We were slightly hesitant about visiting here when we found we had to pay £3.00 just to park the car.😩
However, it was a perfect summer’s day so we decided to go ahead and visit this highly regarded Roman fort.
We were very pleasantly welcomed by the English Heritage staff and one lady kindly showed us where to find toilets, the cafe, museum and the best way to get to the site. My partner is not able to walk far and we were offered but declined a wheelchair. The site is mostly on the flat and beautifully signed. The furthest part is the Bath House but we even managed to get down to that.
The small museum is of interest. Full of pieces of stone from lots of different sites. All well labelled and there is even a little iPad to use if you want more details.
All in all a perfect morning. This site is definitely worth visiting.
Written July 9, 2022
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Holly C
Northampton, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Fantastically well-preserved Roman fort! We visited on the last day of our trip and were so glad that we fitted it in. I didn't visit last time I came to Northumberland and can't believe I missed this one, one of the best places up here. The little museum has so many fascinating artefacts and the Kindle guides are very cool and informative.

The highlight is obviously the fort itself, definitely the most well-preserved of its kind we saw around Hadrian's Wall. The bathhouse especially is fantastic, and the little "strong room" in the fort is amazing. Great information panels dotted about as well, though I would happily have learned even more. This feels a little off the beaten track but I would definitely recommend this over somewhere like Housesteads. Feels like you're really getting your money's worth here. Could have stayed for hours looking around but unfortunately the weather was awful. Will definitely be back!
Written March 11, 2022
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NFW1140
Halifax, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
As a history buff, I was more than excited to visit this place. I must say, I was not disappointed. The information given was amazing and the rooms themselves were obviously well looked after. The scenery was an added bonus and it was definitely worth the entrance fee despite the museum being shut during these difficult times. 10 out of 10: would recommend.
Written August 4, 2020
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DiscerningPenguin
Cambridge, UK205 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The museum holds a huge collection of inscriptions and I really liked the fact that ‘curator’s picks’ highlight the best, and I could then delve further into other associated inscriptions. This fascinating fort is well-preserved and walking to the far end gave us a good view of Hadrian’s Wall and the bridge abutment on the opposite bank of the river. Staff are knowledgeable and very helpful. Oh, and the Roman phallic 'paving slab' was hilarious....
Written September 30, 2021
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Paul K
Darlington, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We visited Chesters Roman fort during a short stay in the area. The ruins are quite substantial and the tour of the site is well marked out. Plaques provide loads of information on each of the buildings of which it is comprised. The bath house by the river Tyne is particularly interesting. We spent a very enjoyable few hours exploring the site and small museum at its entrance. There is a cafe for refreshments but we did not use it. There is also a shop with a good selection of books on Roman Britain and Hadrian’s wall. I would recommend Chesters fort to anyone interested in Roman history. It is well worth a visit and the entry fee is good value.
Written September 17, 2020
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Jules1946
Burton upon Trent, UK82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
A short walk from The George Hotel, this is one amazing place to visit. The museum is extremely interesting, unfortunately on the day we went, we were unable to go round the fort as it had rained heavily, but that said the museum easily made up for that. Our visit too the coffee shop was also good. A little gem.
Written January 2, 2022
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maldives
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK765 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We have visited a number of sites along hadrians wall including Vindolanda which is amazing but this site was just lovely. Situated beside the river so a very scenic spot, lots of information about how John Clayron came to excavate the site and about his collection. This is the most unusually preserved Roman Fort in Britain one small part actually having a roof. The museum although small has a huge collection of finds. A tea room and shop available and the staff were so nice and welcoming a really lovely afternoon well spent.
Written August 10, 2021
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Ian S
Kettering, UK831 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is a big site with plenty of ruins to see. Good explanations of what you are seeing too. Friendly and helpful staff with a small cafe serving a very limited range of food at this time. Sadly the museum was closed because of the Covid 19 restrictions.
We booked this on our smartphone after visiting Birdoswald and managed to get in just an hour later. It worked well for us but might not be so good at busy times.
Written July 8, 2020
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richard r
Borgue, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
This is another of the Hadrian’s Wall sites at a river crossing. Sited on a picturesque location on the banks of the North Tyne river this site uncovers some of the foundations - the custodians said they would be the tallest wall remains along the wall.
The best preserved , and unique to this site, is the bath house, but gates, stables and command buildings are all also visible. There are a couple of sighting gizmos that allow you to see what the fort would have looked like by superimposing an artists impression over the view.
The museum has an overwhelming amount of recovered stone work, statuary etc and plenty of smaller finds - the one I loved was the tiny iron casting of a Scotty dog.
The tea room is more basic than some along the wall, but welcoming and adequate.
The dog could go anywhere except the museum.
Written May 11, 2022
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