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. Arrange to visit Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall and other attractions in Hexham using our Hexham trip builder.
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  • August 20, 2017
    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 »
  • August 19, 2017
    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 »
  • August 18, 2017
    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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  • Be prepared to walk up fairly steep path. Car park is always pretty busy. There is a separate way to get up for wheelchair users however the limited access (stated on website) actually means no access to the fort at all for wheelchairs. With a wheelchair you basically have access to the field and the shop. If you want to see any of the fort there is no access at all, and they wanted to charge full ticket price for the tiny museum. Very disappointed by the lack of honesty on the website. Visited June 2016
  • As a family we love our history. This is a great place to visit. If you are lucky you may even get to fly kites.
  • Amazing experience. Decently preserved ruins, especially with such hostile history. The latrines were very cool, as a civil engineer, definitely my favorite part. This was much greater than just seeing the wall.
  • What a fantastic day out with the family. Such an interesting history. It is hilly and there isn't much wheelchair access...my had a broken foot when we visited, but there is a visitors centre / museum. Worth a long visit. The scenery is stunning.
  • Fantastic view from the top however, getting to the top requires a certain level of fitness! The fort is beautifully preserved but we would have preferred to see it bought to life with more detailed signage because without a guided tour, explanations were missing. We would have loved a cup of tea at the top but hey, that's just us being English!

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