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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  • This is a brilliant field trip for schools and a good tourist attraction. Love the history n this place  more »
  • Reconstruction of a Roman fort, gives you a good idea of how the Romans lived at the time, There wasn't anything going on when I visited and the place was empty but it was interesting enough. Free ent...  more »
  • Having recently watched a re-run of Gladiator on TV (Russell Crowe, not Ulrika), it must have left some small impression on e, so when the grandkids asked to go somewhere, we all marched off to this p...  more »
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  • Great museum with small display area and gift shop at the entrance, leading through to a wide outdoor space with reconstructions and ruins. Very educational and enjoyable at your own pace. Pushchair accessible for most of it. Regular events.
  • A reconstruction of a gate into a Roman fort and the living quarters of both ordinary Roman soldiers and their commanding officer. You really get a sense of how people of the time lived especially with the rooms set up. There's a small museum on site with interesting displays as well
  • A great example of history preserved. The reconstructed buildings really helped the kids picture what it was like and made it much more real for them
  • Fortunately the weather was ok so we had good time. Shop is adequate but not exciting. Probably recommend it, pure ROMAN history.
  • Another favourite place to come as visitor and performer. Free entry and unique treasures of the empire to see and marvel at.
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