Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Roman Fort, Hexham

Chesters Roman Fort
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Jules1946
Burton upon Trent, UK71 contributions
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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KMc528789
Bury, UK367 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This place is amazing. The ruins of the Roman cavalry fort are really well presented. The Victorian museum is like a walk into the past itself, no modern screens or gimmicks. Friendly and helpful English Heritage staff, great spot for a picnic too.
Written October 18, 2021
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SheMag
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK212 contributions
Sep 2021
We unexpectedly had a really warm and sunny day in Northumberland. Having lived in the area for 25 years but never visited, we went to Chesters. What a gem. There are loads of photos on here so I won’t go into full description mode, but the thing which astonished me was the size of the site, particularly as there is still so much to excavate.

The museum has some really quirky exhibits. Look for the decorated vessel where the craftsman carefully inscribed a name, but it came out backwards! He must have been LIVID. That’s what Chesters is full of; little things which make you feel that 2000 years ago is just back around the corner and if you only listen carefully, you might hear them…brilliant for imaginative kids. There’s also a terrific cafe with plenty of well spaced tables outside. The food and drink were good. A surprisingly extensive shop completes the experience. Highly recommended.
Written October 15, 2021
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GrahamP113
Witham, UK1,463 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Popped in whilst looking at roman ruins and hadrians wall. Absolutely superb stop. Well preserved fort which helped to conjure up images of years gone by. Museum fascinating and well worth giving some time
Written October 3, 2021
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DiscerningPenguin
Cambridge, UK159 contributions
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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186Sophiep94
Chorley, UK198 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Lovely and helpful staff on arrival to the visitors centre. Tea shop with plenty of sandwich choice and cakes available. Really well preserved Roman ruins and great descriptions for a self tour option. Bus stop right outside back along the walking route car parks.
Written September 16, 2021
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK5,628 contributions
Aug 2021
Bonus tip: find the 2 phallic stone carvings!

We really enjoyed our visit to this fort. All the staff are so friendly and helpful, they are a real asset to the site and made our visit a real pleasure. We were introduced to the site on arrival and given tips on how to navigate, recommended to start in the museum which has lots and lots of interesting stone carvings, some of which are remarkably well preserved.

We then went out and wandered around the site. We happily spent around 2hours here, exploring the ruins in the sunshine and sitting by the river looking across the water....

There are lots of information boards and the ruins are very photogenic. The ruins of the Boat House with riverside views are particularly interesting and well preserved. My husband also enjoyed searching for the famous phallic carving, found on the floor in the central Headquarters building. 20 minutes spent hunting this down! lol

Open from 10am until 5pm. Tickets are £9 or included with English Heritage Membership. Car parking is £3 or free with EH membership. The toilets are clean and well maintained, located near to the entrance, where there is the obligatory shop that you walk through to access the site. There are lots of pokemon gyms and pokestops on site too!

Chesters Roman Fort is an official stamping station for the Hadrian’s Wall Walk, the box is handily located by the entrance on the main road, so you don't even have to enter the site.

We did not have time to visit the main site when we were walking along Hadrian's Wall in July so returned in August to explore a little further. However, we do recommend another site at Chollerford, Chesters Bridge Abutment, which is just across the river from Chesters Roman Fort. This is slightly off Hadrian's Wall Path, approx 1km there and 1km back to return to route, but we would highly recommend a visit to this site too. These remains of a Roman bridge across the North Tyne are quite photogenic. Best of all it is free! and my husband had great fun searching for the (in)famous phallic and fish carvings! (hint, located level with ground, facing river)

Also nearby, and a short walk across the river from Chesters Roman Fort ruins, Brunton Turret is one of the best preserved turrets on the line of Hadrian's Wall, with a stretch of wall 70 yards long. Free access to ruins. Then a short walk further on there is a 15 metre-long stretch of Hadrian's Wall at Planetrees. So lots to see in this area.
Written September 9, 2021
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Emma H
Hereford, UK9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
A lovely peaceful site with a wonderful view of the river where you can imagine the Roman bridge .
The staff were very welcoming and dog friendly , a fantastic afternoon learning about this cavalry fort .
Written August 26, 2021
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Heather B
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
A very friendly and warm welcome by the staff. The site is very interesting and well looked after, with a lovely little museum and beautiful views. A great place for kids of all ages! Well worth a visit.
Written August 15, 2021
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hsasmith
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK788 contributions
Jul 2021
Very interesting to walk around. The car parknisnt massive so best to get there early. The falconry display was excellent and well worth watching. Theres a few steep places which will make getting around with a pushchair difficult
Written August 14, 2021
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