Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Monuments & Statues • History Museums
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Standing above the entrance to the River Tyne, Arbeia South Shields' Roman Fort guarded the main sea route to Hadrian's Wall. It was a key garrison and military supply base to other forts along the Wall and is an important part of the history of Roman Britain. Through the course of history Arbeia has had several guises; from the Roman Emperor's HQ for the Scottish invasion to a busy cosmopolitan port. It's hosted dramatic tales of murder, fire, and holds the key to ancient love stories. It was a huge supply base for the Roman army, home to 600 Roman troops and is said to be the birth place of the Northumbrian King Oswin. It's also a UNESCO World Heritage site with the finest full-scale Roman reconstructions in the country showcasing some of the most significant finds from that time. Step into the fort and immerse yourself in the world of the Romans right in the heart of South Shields. Explore inside the full-scale reconstructed Roman buildings including the West Gate, Commanding Off
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK5,577 contributions
Jul 2021
On our last day we walked from Newcastle city centre to the coast at South Shields, via Segedundum, crossing the river via ferry and our last visit was to Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort.

After crossing on the ferry, we followed the river upto Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort, which is signposted as you get nearer. The site is free to enter and highly recommended for a short visit. There are lots of information boards around the small site and toilets for visitors. Unfortunately we didn't have time to look around the small museum. Arbeia was very quiet, there were only a few other tourists and the grounds are quite large.

The gatehouse of the fort has been reconstructed to give you an idea of what it would have looked like in the days of the Roman Empire and there are also several reconstructed living quarters, which are laid out and furnished as they would have been in Roman times.

We really enjoyed Arbeia South Shields Roman Fort, much more so than Segedundum. If you only have time to visit one of these sites whilst in the area we would definitely recommend Arbeia, as being more interactive and interesting for the whole family. This was a great last stop on our coast to coast walk.
Written January 22, 2022
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Steve-and-Andie
Lancaster, UK3,270 contributions
Sep 2021
Who would have thought a Roman site would be surrounded with houses like Arbeia is. In fact terraced houses once stood where we see the foundations of buildings now.
Fabulous reconstruction of the gatehouse, commanders house and barrack block. Plenty of information boards dotted around the site.
Free to enter.
Written November 11, 2021
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Evelyn A
6 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was an amazing place . So well laid out . Incredible that the Romans were once here … they were so sophisticated. Displays of jewellery / coins was great . The reconstructed Garrison was excellent . Well worth a visit
Written September 22, 2021
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martinhH5865RD
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom219 contributions
Sep 2021
This fascinating archaeological site, surrounded by traditional British housing, is surreal. To see a restored Roman gateway and reconstructed and decorated Roman barracks and officers quarters is fantastic and gives one a real insight into the lives and conditions of a soldier and a fort 1,800 years ago. It was wonderful to see not only adults but children of different ages all getting something from their visit. There is also a small museum and souvenir shop to support the site. An excellent place to visit to gain a feeling of the Roman Britain which lasted for so long which is helped enormously by the reconstructed buildings.
Written September 21, 2021
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Paul B
Haywards Heath, UK36 contributions
Aug 2021
Amazing. Free to visit. Very very informative about the romans and wider history of the area.

Very good reconstructions of the gate/commanders and really interesting exhibitions on religion/burial and the wider history of the area.

Hidden gem. Off the trail. Would totally recommend to anyone.
Written August 30, 2021
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Hello. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Arbeia. I do hope you can visit again. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
Written December 15, 2021
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Lee
556 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Unfortunately, we only had one hour to look around these excellently reconstructions and ruins. We could easily have stayed longer. Entrance is free and there is an interesting little museum at the start. I loved being able to go inside the reconstructed barracks which were mocked up to show how the soldiers would have lived. There were information boards suitable for both adults and children. There are toilets but no cafe. Lots of benches were scattered about though. We didn’t have time to use the audio guide on our phone.
Written August 25, 2021
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Hello. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Arbeia. I do hope you can visit again. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
Written December 15, 2021
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mrsdRedcar
redcar122 contributions
Aug 2021
very impressed with our visit to the fort.The fort is free and includes a small indoor museum and ruins and a reconstruction outside.Boards throughout the site inform you what you are seeing.The gravestone of Regina was a high spot for us adults while my grandaughters loved the whole site .They loved the interactive game that made them Britons by their answers .
Written August 12, 2021
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Hello. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your visit to the site. I do hope you can visit again when we reopen in March 2022. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
Written December 15, 2021
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Hatt
Wales106 contributions
Jul 2021
Well worth a visit if you are in the area. It is different from other forts on Hadrian's Wall as it was converted a number of times into a supply base. Of particular interest are the reconstructions - the gatehouse, the barrack block and the commander's house. Make sur you visit the small museum, especially to see the poignant Regina tombstone
Written August 5, 2021
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Hello. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. I am glad found the reconstructed buildings interesting. I do hope you can visit again when we reopen in March 2022. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
Written November 9, 2021
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YsanneB
Brighton, UK70 contributions
Jun 2021
A non Hadrianic Roman fort with excellent museum and some reconstructions one the gate controversially on the actual Roman foundations. Entry is currently free
Written July 1, 2021
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Hello. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Arbeia. I do hope you can visit again. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
Written November 9, 2021
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vivEngland
Preston, UK712 contributions
Jun 2021
It was very quiet as there wasn't anyone else wandering round the Fort when we were there until just before we left a couple arrived. There are two small inside museums explaining about the Fort and showing some of the items that have been found there. The buildings are from three different periods, the second, third and fourth century and there are information boards as you walk around explaining what the buildings would have been, although in most cases there are only small parts to see of what would have been there. There is a reconstructed West Gate which couldn't be accessed at the moment, and reconstructed Barracks and Commanders house and you could have a look round the house. It is free with a donation welcomed.
Written July 1, 2021
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Hello. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your visit to Arbeia. I do hope you can visit again. Geoff Woodward Museum Manager
Written November 9, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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