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Segedunum, Wallsend

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Segedunum was a Roman fort at modern-day Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England, UK. The fort lay at the eastern end of Hadrian's Wall (in Wallsend) near the banks of the River Tyne, forming the easternmost portion of the wall. It was in use as a garrison for approximately 300 years, almost up to 400AD.Today, Segedunum is the most thoroughly excavated fort along Hadrian's Wall, and is operated as Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum.EtymologyFive places named Segedunum are known to have existed in the Roman empire, one each in Britain and Germany and three in Gaul. The first element of the name is attested widely in Gaul, Spain, Germany and Italy, and derives from the Indo-European root segh-, which is reflected in various later European languages with similar meanings: Irish seg-, segh- 'strength, vigour', Welsh hy 'daring, bold', German Sieg 'victory', and so on. As applied to place names, it appears to have had the meaning of "place of strength" or "place of victory". The second element, -dunum, is a Celtic term widely attested across Britain and Gaul and typically meant a fort. Thus Segedunum probably had the meaning of "strong fort" or "victory fort".
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  • A fully excavated Roman fort at the start of Hadrian's Wall, now represented by kerbing and coloured gravel. Nearby is an exposed section of wall and a reconstructed wall and bath houses. The free gui...  more »
  • Just had to be done and it was well worth it. Great museum with helpful people and good exibits. the viewing tower is not for the faint hearted - fab view.  more »
  • We've always loved Segedunum, but its starting to look tired and the main attraction, the reconstructed bath house, has been closed for over two years.  more »
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  • Kids loved it here.after going with the school they really wanted to go again.they had a good time.we had lunch in the cafe which is really well priced and we enjoyed the food.you can also use the cafe without paying to see the place which is good if you passing on a bike ect.
  • This place probably seemed a great idea on paper and the little visitor centre-cum-museum is indeed very nicely presented but it's a little light on information specific to the site and very light on the history of the site as an archaeological endeavour. When we visited there was a good temporary exhibition on the work of unpaid contributors to the work being done. The site itself, however, is somewhat devoid of information having mostly "an X was found here" placards which don't really provide any information on why that might have been interesting or what that suggests. The recently excavated bath house is provided with very little information and, to my taste, has been somewhat over-sanitised. The whole place has the feel of a local regeneration attempt which was not entirely thought through. The panoramic viewing tower which, given the raked seating, was probably supposed to be the centre point of a guided tour of the site was essentially useless without someone providing commentary on the site. What monitors were present were also unreadable in direct sunlight. In summary, by no means a *bad* experience, just disappointing when contrasted with the nearby Vindolanda fort.
  • Great little bit of culture in our city. School visits welcome too. Great views of the city from the tower.
  • Lovely space. Great galleries. Lovely views down the Tyne from the tower.
  • This is a fantastic museum with interactive stuff to try yourself and lots of games and things for the kids. It is clearly aimed at education and does it well. Not just about the Romans. It also covers some of the local shipbuilding as it's on the old Swan Hunter site. It also has a replica bath house and the layout of the fort can can be seen from the observation tower as well as walked over.