Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, South Shields

Arbeia Roman Fort is the finest reconstructed Roman fort in Britain. Built in around AD160, Arbeia guarded the entrance to the River Tyne and became the military supply base for forts along Hadrian's Wall.

Today, you can see reconstructions of the original Roman buildings including the commanding officer's house and barrack block. You can also go inside the imposing West Gate, and see one of the most significant collections of Roman finds in the country.

Free entry.
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  • Been excavating for many years. Front entrance ,not original, was built to show how it would have been. Can see over to north Tyneside from top of gate. Lots of interesting artefacts.  more »
  • You'll need Sat-Nav to navigate your way from Newcastle to South Shields but this museum makes the trip worth while. A really good museum that brings the Roman experience of Hadrian's Wall to life. Wh...  more »
  • What a find! I had never heard of this place until reading about it in a guidebook about Hadrian's Wall I picked up when visiting Chesters. The site is larger than expected. The reconstructed gatehous...  more »
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  • Brilliant little place to spend a couple of hours. The reconstruction of the gate house and barracks are excellent and there is a small museum and gift shop. We also enjoyed a coffee in the small cafe. The staff were welcoming and friendly. There was plenty of parking available on the street and it was quite quiet in general. Our kids loved it, and for free entry is exceptional value for what's on offer!
  • Reallt good for a free site. The re-enactors were really good
  • Wonderful. A good walk from the station in an urban area. Reconstructions really help understand how it would have looked. Lots of interaction a great education. The kids I saw there loved it.
  • Great reconstructions of the West Gate, Commanders House and Barracks. Well worth the visit.
  • A great place to take kids for free. Has activities, if you check out their website.

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