Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum
Northumberland NE47 6NN
Facilities and additional information
Photographer: Graeme Peacock
Visit the best preserved Roman fort in Britain. Housesteads is the most famous fort on Hadrian's Wall and lies on the great volcanic escarpment of Whin Sill. One of the 12 forts added to the Wall in about AD124, it was designed to contain a garrison of 800 soldiers.
Excavations at the fort have revealed four double-portal gateways, the curtain wall with turrets and latrines and three barrack blocks. At the centre are the most important buildings: the commanding officer's house, headquarters building and hospital. Then, of course, there are the breathtaking views and the museum - complete with a model of how the site would once have looked. Housesteads Roman Fort is part of the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site.
Passport Stamping Station situated on English Heritage museum wall next to entrance
The Trust owns approx. 6 miles of the Wall, running west from Housesteads Fort to Cawfields Quarry, and over 1000ha (2471 acres) of farmland. Access to the Wall and the public rights of way is from car parks operated by the Northumberland National Park Authority at Housesteads, Steel Rigg and Cawfields. Housesteads Fort is owned by the National Trust, and maintained and managed by English Heritage
Passport Stamping Station. For more information click here.