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High on a dramatic ridge, Housesteads is the best preserved of all the Roman forts along Hadrian’s Wall. See excavated remains of all the different types of buildings within a typical fort on display – barracks, headquarters block, commander’s house, granaries, hospital, toilets, and a complete circuit of walls.
Surrounding the Fort itself is a fascinating Roman military landscape including the civilian settlement, the temple area, parade ground, cultivated fields, and Roman roads.
Hadrian’s Wall itself runs across the north side of the Fort, offering dramatic views across the Northumberland landscape into ‘barbaricum’ – where the barbarians lived! It is easy to feel like you are truly on the edge of one of the greatest Empires the world has seen here, with the might of Rome in evidence all around you.