Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall, Haydon Bridge

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The remains of a Roman barrack block, Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall is a symmetrical stone wall ruin that rests high on Hadrian's Wall. Inside are the remains of a Roman toilet and partitioning walls that divided the structure into rooms. The massive stone structures protected over 800 Roman soldiers while they were stationed at the site. The fortress provides panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. A nearby museum offers a model of the intact structure and a history of the Romans in England. To visit Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall and other attractions in Hexham, use our Hexham planning site .
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  • This was a really good complement to Vindolanda. This was an smaller outpost for soldiers actually working the wall. Good information boards and very lovely countryside. There is a well preserved sect...  more »
  • Little of a stroll from the car park up to the wall but the views are well worth it. The little museum has history about the wall and it is pretty interesting to learn about it all. Stunning views of ...  more »
  • This was our first visit to hadrian's wall and it did not disappoint. The fort is a short (but steep) walk from the car park but worth the walk, with a fantastic site situated right on the wall. You c...  more »
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  • As an American, it's a bit hard to fully fathom ruins that are close to 2000 years old. Housesteads contains the fantastically well-preserved foundations of a Roman fort and section of Hadrian's Wall, in the middle of an incredibly picturesque part of northern England. The fort and Wall are reached via a somewhat steep hike but nothing too strenuous, and the hike takes visitors through active sheep fields, a poignant reminder that for centuries, this land has not been a tourist destination but the active home of local farmers. This was easily one of the highlights of our recent trip and is highly recommended.
  • Great little spot to explore a small part of Roman Britain with fantastic views and also some fantastic Roman remains. Dogs can go too just as long as they are on lead. The walk up to the remains is about half a mile and isn't suitable for wheelchairs. Parking is £3 for a car and of course there is the entrance fee too. Nice little shop at the entrance but a tad over expensive. The Roman helmet (Galea) was over £100 for a mediocre designed one. Apart from that, well worth the visit.
  • Really interesting site with lots of information boards. Shame about the parking charges. We parked in a small lay-by a mile or so away and walked along the path back, so taking in sections of the walk. Bonus ☺
  • Based on the reviews for other Hadrian wall sites, we decided to give Housesteads are full attention. It was completely worth every penny. The site is extremely well preserved and the museum is a reasonable size considering the location. This is complemented well with a visit to the The Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle.
  • Really interesting and fascinating, and an amazing view from fort. Walking a bit further along the wall, it climbs up higher and overlooks more of the surrounding area which made for the prefect backdrop to get engaged! The only thing it's really missing is a tea room or cafe, as while you can buy hot drinks and some food, you can only really eat them in your car or picnic tables

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