Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum

Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum

Segedunum Roman Fort and Museum
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Part of the Hadrian's Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, Segedunum is the most excavated Roman fort along the Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself. With a large interactive museum, a section of Wall and a 35 metre high viewing tower providing outstanding views across Tyneside there is also a changing programme of exhibitions. There is also a seasonal programme of events including historical re-enactments with gladiators and artisans, to regular events for families during school holidays. Kids under 16 and residents of NE28 go free.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Madeleine R
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom59 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not worth the money
    The outdoor remains of the old Roman fort were really interesting, although it would have been nice if the replica of the bath house was open to see what it would have been like back in the day. The inside is very dated and looks as though it needs renovating but there are lots of interactive aspects that would be great for kids. The cafe was closed when we visited but the area just looked really worn down and neglected, adding to the sense of needing a full restoration. The staff at reception were really friendly but I don’t think I’d recommend this for a visit. We paid to get in but the outdoor area and part of Hadrian’s Wall on the opposite side of the road can be accessed by an unlocked gate which any member of the public can access, so it didn’t really seem worth the money for what we did see.
    Many thanks for taking the time to review our Roman Fort & Museum - we really appreciate receiving feedback from our visitors. The admission charge covers access to the fort site and Hadrian's Wall, which are marked as accessible to ticket holders only. The dispersed nature of the site with multiple elements means we have to trust visitors to purchase a ticket, the income from which supports the museum and site. With regard to the suggestion of a full restoration, we are currently pursuing funding avenues which would allow us to make improvements to our venue. Best wishes Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
    Written July 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Stephen H
    London, United Kingdom29 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looking a bit tired
    Came here 10 years ago and this time was saddened how tatty the place has become. The paths around the imprint of the buildings are worn, uneven and need weeding. The replica bath house was closed for renovations and looked like it had been shut for quite some time. Likewise the visitor centre needs refreshing. Despite this, if you have an interest in Roman history then it's definitely worth visiting.
    Many thanks for taking the time to review our Roman Fort & Museum - we really appreciate receiving feedback from our visitors. Our volunteer gardeners recently began work on the fort site and are gradually bringing the weeds under control. We are also currently pursuing funding avenues which would allow us to make improvements to our venue. Watch this space! Best wishes Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
    Written September 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Elva G
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for adults and kids..
    I live within 2 miles and to my shame this was our first visit, we took my 8 year old grandson. Absolutely loved it. Staff at entrance explain where everything is. We loved the viewing platform. Great to see how much the Tyne has changed. Loved all the rooms with great information, not just about the romans, but our great ship building history. We were there at least 2 hours. Would have been longer if the baths and cafe had of been open. Some great information for anyone interested in romans or local history. Well worth a visit.
    Many thanks for taking the time to review our venue. We're pleased to hear you finally made it to our venue and enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again! Best wishes Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
    Written September 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • JoEastMidlands
    291 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    The fort itself is best seen from the tower. While very little remains you can see the footprints of the buildings. You can also see from the timeline video in the tower why the site is as it is. The museum also does a good job in its exhibition in the main centre with a reconstruction of what the buildings may have looked like. Enjoyed playing the Roman tile game. Also enjoyed sitting in the Roman garden by the reconstructed bath house.
    Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back to our museum. Best wishes Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
    Written November 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Jessie
    Virginia238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Roman Museum
    This museum is at the one end of Hadrian's Wall. It's a solid place to start if you're doing the wall, or just go if you like Roman stuff. They do a great job of showing where the fort actually was, and have an extensive collection of Roman artifacts. My friend and I had large backpacking backpacks with us and they let us stash those in the gift shop. You can also buy a wall passport here if you're doing the wall too!
    Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and hope that your walk went well. Best wishes Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
    Written November 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 28, 2023
  • GlennA946
    Whitehaven, United Kingdom239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good museum at the end of Hadrian's Wall
    I paid Segedunum a visit as I had heard good reviews about it and was impressed. I was given half price entry( £ 3.980 as the Roman bath house and one of the galleries was closed, but don't let that put you off as there is plenty to see. In particular I enjoyed the observation tower, which has excellent views over the Tyne and has a section devoted to the history of the neighbouring Swan Hunter shipyard and some of its most famous ships. However, the main reason to visit Segedenum is to see the exhibits and the recreation of the Roman fort. There are exhibits going back to the pre Roman era, a collection of Roman coins and artifacts and a recreation of the cavalry stables. Also the recreation of the fort is good( this was recreated by volunteers in the nineties), but do be careful as the paths can get muddy in winter. On the whole Segedenum is a decent museum five minutes walk from Wallsend town centre and the Metro. If you are driving, there is a free car park.
    Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We highly value visitor feedback and we're pleased you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to welcoming you again when we re-open the exhibition galleries. Best wishes, Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
    Written April 10, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 16, 2024
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andy_scot_uk
Edinburgh, UK547 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
Travelled from Newcastle on metro, the quickest way and its 2 mins from station. On arrival I was told that I couldn't get in without making the "voluntary" donation first. The Great North Museum which has an excellent Roman exhibition takes voluntary donations after the visit. Pretty unfriendly staff here too. Didnt feel welcome so I just left and looked at the fort from the street. Totally unlike my experience everywhere else in this region.
Written September 4, 2021
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travelswithibs
Jarrow, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Decided on a spontaneous trip to Segedunum yesterday. Despite living less than 5 miles away we hadn't been yet.

Upon entering first thing we noticed was the staff were very friendly. Entrance fee is £4.95 per adult and under 16s go free.

The site is much bigger than I thought it was and even though the Roman Bath House was closed we thought it was well worth the trip.

Would highly recommend!
Written February 6, 2022
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Many thanks for taking the time to review our venue. We're pleased you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
Written July 18, 2022
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jsmoraczewska
Leicestershire, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Although there is only an outline of the fort this is well worth a visit. The Museum is small but it is one of the best for showing Roman Life that I have ever been to. (I am an ex history teacher). There are reconstructions both inside and outside the museum and a lovely herb garden. The site is right by the river where the shipbuilding yards used to be so there is also historical interest in that.
Unfortunately the viewing tower was closed due to Covid restrictions but the visit was still very well worth visiting. The staff were lovely too.
Written October 30, 2020
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Many thanks for your great review - we're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and liked our displays. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum in the future once we can reopen. Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
Written December 1, 2020
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AnatoliZ
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Excellent place for a family visit or history trip. An annual family membership costs 11 pounds only—a lot of parking space, shop, several galleries, and exhibitions. The place is spotless, thanks to the people involved, including volunteers. There is plenty of space outside and a small playground for children.
Written June 19, 2022
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Many thanks for your lovely review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
Written July 18, 2022
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Paul B
Haywards Heath, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Excellent. We arrived tired having walked from Wylam. We received a fantastic greeting from the staff and were allowed to go up the tower for a donation.

The tower was amazing - both the view and the interactive video which showed how the area had been shaped by the romans, colliery, shipyards etc.

We returned next day for a revisit, less tired, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Only gripe - we arrived at 350pm and the cafe closed at 4pm but wasn't willing to serve us a cup of tea. Not really clear why.
Written August 30, 2021
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Jacquie P
Durham, UK186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
Visited here with my husband and 8 year old son. Museum was really good, we enjoyed reading about the Roman's, watching the videos and looking into the little holes to see what was inside.
The fort outside was excellent, the guide gives you a file with information and you can follow it round.
All round a good day out
Written August 5, 2020
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Many thanks for your lovely review. We're so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
Written September 9, 2020
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vivax74
Leeds, UK116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Lift not working, children's activity area closed, Cafe closed, £5 per head ticket and a stinking approach road to roman baths with urine and used syringes on either sides of the road, muggers in the Roman baths area with no arrangement for protection of the visitors. The Rman baths is in an isolated area away for therein museum with filthy approach road, graffiti on the wall, stinking smell of urine, tall grown weeds, yobs waiting for mugging. It was a scary experience. The viewing tower was nice, views were nice and the museum was there but without a curator. I went with my wife and three children and it was a nightmare once you see a used syringe on your walking path. Charge more but provide a decent path and safe place for the visitors to enjoy. At this rate, soon number of visitors will dry out. It's a NO from me
Written August 5, 2021
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Peter B
Oakham, UK66 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
There is a comfortable seating area at the top of the viewing tower with spectacular views across the site and the River Tyne to the south, with a continuous video explaining how the site changed over time.

The museum was disappointing as much of it was in semi-darkness so you couldn't see the displays properly, the video display wasn't running and the illuminated model of the fort was switched off. The on-site cafe was closed with no explanation.

You can walk around the site of the roman fort next door where there are interpretation panels. Beware, however, I was told that this would close at 2:30 pm despite the fact that the museum was supposed to be open until 3:00pm.
Written February 9, 2023
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Many thanks for visiting our museum and taking the time to send your feedback, which is always appreciated. The lighting in the gallery is set at the correct level for the display of objects. I'm wondering if your visit was made during our Obscurum-Lux exhibition when we deliberately lowered the light levels to show how the Romans would have experienced life before the availability of electricity. The cafe has been closed for some time now, and we do apologise for any inconvenience that may cause. Light refreshment is available from reception. We normally close the fort site 30 minutes before closing the museum – we’ll make sure that information is stated more clearly on the website. We’re pleased you enjoyed the view from the tower – which is rather magnificent, especially on a clear day. Best wishes Geoff Woodward, Museum Manager
Written March 2, 2023
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ne28
ENGLAND92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We spent a very interesting couple of hours at this site and museum this afternoon. Apart from the variety of exhibits we were able to experience an exciting time with one of the ‘Romans’ who described life at the fort, explained the different armour, weapons, writing aids, legions/cavalry/infantry. Our Grandson really enjoyed trying on the replica armour and writing his name on the beeswax tablet. Thank you to the friendly informative and patient chap presenting this activity. All the staff were very helpful. There was a fun puzzle trail for children to undertake and on completion they were given an activity pack. The viewing platform is well worth a visit to fully appreciate the scale of Segedunum. Thank you all for the experience.
Written April 3, 2023
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Many thanks for taking the time to review our venue. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back to Segedunum. Best wishes Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
Written June 1, 2023
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maldives
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK785 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We paid less than £5 each with a donation! I would have happily paid more to help with funding and reopening the Roman baths. After a really warm welcome we headed up to the viewing tower lots of information, amazing to see there was houses built on top of the site until the 70s!
We then had look in the museum loved the videos giving an insight to roman life
We walked around the site and across the road to the replica wall and what is left of Hadrians wall. There is a picnic area where we sat and enjoyed our lunch, some sun and the surroundings. There is a one way system in place inside and all covid safe. I would highly recommend to anyone.
Written June 23, 2021
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