Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall
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  • martinallen72
    Hastings, United Kingdom142 contributions
    Underwhelming, dated, unloved, but so much potential if English Heritage could be bothered
    Compared to Chesters and Vindolanda, this was a bit of a let down. English Heritage could do much more with this place. The signage on site was poor (explaining what was what, the museum was small, poor and childlike, there was no cafe, and there was one portaloo. It feels like English Heritage have given up on this site. Chesters is a notch up, a site which builds as you go through. But if you want the wow factor, go to Vindolanda, run by a charity, where the museum in the valley is quite spectacular, and something English Heritage at Housesteads could really learn from how to do something well.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 2, 2023
  • Luciano242
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom487 contributions
    VINI ^VIDI ^ MAGNUS LOCUS
    First time visiting the fort and Hadrian's Wall and I was amazed by the location and the history of it. It is a little bit of a walk from the car park and coffee shop but well worth it. Even so it's all ruines, great to stand here an imagen how this was many years ago. The museum isn't big but it was great too
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2023
  • S H
    14 contributions
    Beautiful section of the wall. Let down by limited information at the fort.
    Housesteads has an amazing location on the wall, with great walks along the wall in both directions (to walk you only have to pay for parking). The site itself is really interesting, but the museum is small and I would love an audio guide to take me round the site. It lacks the panache of Vindolanda.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Gillian F
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom165 contributions
    An introduction to Roman times
    An uneven & steep in parts walk to the museum then fort. Museum with lots to see & read, with a video too. Nice to explore fort ruins and also walk along part of the wall. Pretty exposed so cold. Nice National Trust cafe at car park which you pay at machine when you leave.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 3, 2023
  • SaraJohnstone
    Ayr, United Kingdom169 contributions
    Expensive to experience history
    Well its certainly beautiful but the price of entry is way too steep. Think its horrid to charge so much for a little bit of history, especially since there was so little information available about the site. It's worth mentioning you can walk the paths around the Fort for free!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 3, 2023
  • Alan R
    Paisley, United Kingdom135 contributions
    Good walk back into history
    We came across this place by chance but glad we stopped. First thjngs first car park is charged at endvof visit. Car registration is taken on entry, so remember to pay before you leave. We were met by a pleasant guide who told us about the facilities and what to do. Now our visit was on lovely sunny day so climb up the hill was bearable. In less sunny days would suggest good sturdy shoes will be needed. It is a bit steep in some places but just keep going as views from the Fort were splendid. At the top is where you buy tickets to gain entry to the actual Fort. Can walk around it and go to hadrians wall if you want to avoid £11 per adult. However, it is something to wander round ruins that have been there for centuries. There are several info boards telling you about the ruins and spent a good hour wandering round. There are plenty of places to sit and eat a packed lunch whilst taking in the views. If like us and not that prepared, then walk back down the hill, and there is a lovely cafe for food or ice cream. Great day out if a little pricey, and don't forget to pay for your parking.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Decadentman
    62 contributions
    Enjoy the walk, avoid the cafe.
    Lovely walk along Hadrian's wall to sycamore gap let down by the National Trust cafe. Overpriced, poor quality food, wonky tables and unclean tables. Enjoy the walk, avoid the cafe.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Peter J
    London, United Kingdom270 contributions
    Very good, worth a few hours.
    We walked from the fort to Sycamore Gap and back. Beautiful area and much of the wall remains in tact. The fort itself is well presented and you are able to get the feel of what it was like to live/serve there. Car park is a 1/4 away from the fort itself and it is a moderate walk up the hill to the site. Car park a tad pricey for National Trust site but that's a minor quibble. Cafe reasonable, toilets very clean.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 11, 2023
  • spikeybb
    King's Lynn, United Kingdom143 contributions
    Great day out
    Wanted to view a Roman fort whilst in Northumberland and decided on this one. Plenty of parking which you pay for at the machine on exiting. There are parking cameras on site so you can’t get away without paying. There is a visitor centre, which houses a cafe and toilets which is just off the car park. There is also a museum where you can view Roman artefacts and watch a film. This is approx 1/2 mile from the visitor centre and is on the way to the fort itself. Tickets are purchased at the museum. The fort has information boards on each section so you know what you are looking at. Access to Hadrians Wall is at the top of the fort so if you fancy a walk, you can combine this at the same time. Definitely worth a visit to see how the romans lived.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2023
  • jane w
    Leeds, United Kingdom182 contributions
    Roman history!
    Great place to learn about the Romans and how they settled in Northumberland. It’s extremely interesting and educational for children. We also got to see Hadrian’s Wall! The only thing was that it is pricy if you are a family with children. It is a great place for children but can work out expensive. The car park is expensive then you walk to the fort passing a cafe which is a great pit stop for on the way back. Once you get to the fort there is a free museum and a shop where you can purchase gifts. This is where you buy tickets for the fort. If my children were still young I would of taken them into the fort as it’s a once in a lifetime experience. However if money is tight this isn’t a place to take the kids.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2023
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK4,233 contributions
Sep 2020
Large camera controlled car park so you pay min £3 depending o time spent.
Very windy cold morning threatening rain for our pre-booked NT via EH website visit so was going to cancel but persuaded by NT employee at cafe to take a walk a half mile up the hill to the fort and museum.
Short wait to visit small museum which took longer than anticipated as couple in front were avid readers of every sign and poster and not feasible to get past them.
Then went up to fort and wandered around the ruins reading some of the information boards. As it was so cold needed to make our way back down to the cafe for a hot drink.
Although fort is owned by NT it is run by EH because of their expertise. Cafe run by NT and car park by Northumberland Council - hence charges.
Only a couple of tables available in cafe until they can open up upstairs. The NT employee was quite chatty (as cafe quiet) and indicated they were restricted to online bookings only and even though plenty of spaces on afternoon slots unable to take passing visitors which seems wrong when both charities are struggling for funds.
Her commute of nearly 50ml per day from Alston would be lovely in nice weather but rather grim in the rain as we found out as we continued our trip in that direction.
Unless you are interested in Roman history or long country walks this is not an ideal spot to visit
Written September 26, 2020
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bernadette316
Southend-on-Sea, UK127 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
This site brings roman life in a fort on the boundary of the empire to life. Take time to wander around the site, read the information and take in the spectacular views.
The museum is also worth a visit although beware that queues can take a long time to move whilst covid restrictions inside apply.
It’s a difficult walk up the hill to get to the site so not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
Written August 11, 2020
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK6,983 contributions
Jul 2021
Having previously visited the fantastic fort ruins at Housesteads we did not technically visit the site this time, as in we did not pay any fees to visit and only diverted from our walk along Hadrian's Wall Path to the museum so we could stamp our booklet there.

Housesteads is an official stamping station for the Hadrian’s Wall Walk and the stamping station is located outside the museum entrance (available any time). The Museum is only a short walk from Hadrian's Wall Path but it is up/down a very steep hill!

We had bought our National Trail Hadrian’s Wall Passport booklet in advance on the website for £5.99 as didn't want to risk not being able to pick up one at the start of our walk in Carlisle. We then collected all the stamps at the seven stamping stations along the walk to fill in the spaces on our booklet. This makes a great souvenir and we plan to frame ours along with the embroidered badge/patch we bought at Segedundum as a memento of our hiking holiday.

Famous Sycamore Gap is about 90 minutes walk from Steel Rigg, then a short push onto Housesteads. At Housesteads you actually walk on the top of a walk for a short section! This was an amazing experience and not to be missed. Leaving Housesteads walk to the left, towards Steel Rigg, for a pleasant walk through the shade of a small wood and to walk on the top of the wall. See my other reviews for more information on our 8 day hiking holiday, walking coast to coast along Hadrian's Wall. We would highly recommend this walk to anyone!
Written August 17, 2021
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GTSSurrey
Bisley, UK1,005 contributions
Aug 2020
World heritage site - not to be missed. Our grandson is covering Roman history in his next term project so we took the opportunity for a visit to this impressive fort whilst visiting the area. It is humbling to think that 2000 years ago the Roman builders had installed many of the things in this fort that we thing of as modern today - underfloor heating, flushing toilets, running water to name but a few items. Whilst the walk to the fort from the car park is a little steep in paces the walk is well worth the effort for both fort and museum access - as well as the optional walk along the wall itself. It is amazing that the layout of the fort and associated infrastructure is so clearly laid out and easy to access and get to see. Friendly staff were able to answer just about all of our questions and made us feel welcome throughout our visit. Far reaching views just add to the experience. A must see site.
Written September 7, 2020
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Greg Currill
19 contributions
Aug 2020
We did this as one of a few during a weekend away. Please do note, it’s quite a steep walk to get there!!!
But once done very well worth it, some great views and you can see the main wall and its route stretching away from either side.
Sadly Covid, meant you could not explore from the ruins to the wall itself, with out exiting and then going to the walls.
Myself, loved that the 2000 year old drainage was visible still and WORKED!!!
Written September 12, 2020
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Chris B
Wirral, UK119 contributions
Feb 2020
We visited Housesteads, along with several other forts in an exploration of Hadrian's Wall. As English Heritage members, this is an ideal corner of the country to take advantage of free entry.
Our visit coincided with Storm Dennis & this particular site is high up & very exposed so we didn't stay as long as planned!
Written April 2, 2020
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Glassysteph
Durham, UK55 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited the Fort and Hadrian’s Wall for the first time this morning. As members of the National trust we just needed to pay £3 car parking as entry was included in our membership. The man in reception was friendly and told us useful information about walking along some of the wall and what to find in the visitors centre. The walk to the visitors centre was very picturesque with views into the far distance as it was such a clear and sunny day. The visitors centre again, had more friendly staff and there was a dressing up box and books for the kids to explore. We watched the short film, looked at the artefacts and then went out to explore. We all really enjoyed looking around the fort and imagining what is was like (with some help from the film). We then walked along a bit of Hadrians Wall with more stunning views. Once we returned the gift shop had some lovely items, food choices were limited which may have been the time of year. We will definitely go back as we all had a great time.
Written January 19, 2020
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Kevin Feather
London, UK72 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Easy to park, with bays of all sizes for different vehicle types. There is a lovely cafe and toilets run by the National Trust as you go in and then a 0.5mile walk winding up the hillside to the Roman Fort, where you can walk around the outside for free. If you want to go inside you need tickets from English Heritage, who have a small museum and shop at top. If you want to see a large museum full of lots of artefacts then go to Vindolandia. It is quite expensive to go in, but it does allow you the chance to legally walk on a small section of the wall. More sign boards around the site would be useful, but the guide book is well done. Super friend staff at NT & EH sites and very knowledgeable.
Written May 24, 2021
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Freedom513413
Cambridge, UK28 contributions
Jul 2020
Having watched the Horrible History's The Romans, we decided to do a bit of real "home school" and visit Housesteads. We had booked a time slot which luckily was a bit flexible as we didn't realise we had a 15 min hike up a hill to get there. First stop the latrines of course to see if the Horrible Histories scene was true... it was. Then a wander around the ruins, taking in the spectacular view. Good information around to try and help us visualise was it was like. Spent about 1 hour here. Due to Covid-19 the visitor centre was shut but the little museum was open ( 3 families at a time only ) and port-a-loos at the top.
Written July 26, 2020
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popsNcass
York, UK198 contributions
Feb 2023
Parking is a rip off to start with. You've no option but to park there so you're looking at a minimum of £4. Your registration number is recorded on entering the carpark and you have to pay on leaving. Even English Heritage and National Trust members have to pay to park. That all felt to be a bit of a swizz.

It's quite a long, steep walk from the carpark to the site itself. If you have mobility issues you will struggle to get to both the fort itself and certainly then around the fort ruins. I have arthritic knees and I struggled.

As another reviewer has commented, the signage is poor to non-existent. There's a largish building when you arrive which we had assumed was a visitor centre/entrance/cafe/toilets but it was all closed, presumably it's only open in high season. Certainly this was the only site which was actually open midweek - the others seemed to be open weekends only. I guess you'd get a much better experience (although it would be busier) visiting in spring/summer.

You have to walk across to the fort to get to the loos which are just two portaloos, one of which is a disabled one. There's no handwashing facilities which is quite honestly a disgrace.

The entrance fee is £10 but I bet plenty of people simply look around the site without paying. £10 is too much for what's on offer. You have to go into a small gift shop type building to one side which is acting as the entrance where a couple of disinterested women are on the desk and I'd put money on it that neither of them were keeping on eye on who was coming to the site and wouldn't be running out to challenge any non-payers. I'm not for a second suggesting people go and don't pay, I'm highlighting how badly organised it seems to be.

Vindolanda is a much better experience.
Written February 11, 2023
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