Thursday, November 17, 2011

Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads Roman Fort | English Heritage

Housesteads Roman Fort will be closed this winter from 16 October 2011 for re-development by English Heritage, National Trust and Northumberland National Park Authority. The English Heritage facilities including the visitor centre, toilets, museum, shop and disabled parking will be closed, but visitors are still welcome to view the fort itself free of charge during this time.
Visitors and schools can use the toilets and shop at the National Trust Visitor Centre (Open daily 10am to 4pm - closed 25 and 26 Dec and 1 Jan) and the car park remains open.The new and improved Housesteads Museum will re-open to the public and schools in Spring 2012.

A fascinating tourist attraction in North East England, Housesteads is the most complete Roman fort in Britain. Set where Hadrian's Wall climbs to the top of a dramatic escarpment, there are some stunning views to enjoy from the walls of this ancient fortress.

Imagine how life was for the 800 roman soldiers based here as you wander the remains of the barrack blocks and the commandant's house.

See if you can find the oldest toilets you'll ever see and there's a fascinating museum too, complete with a model of how the fort looked in Roman times.

With a history that goes back almost 2000 years, it offers a unique family day out in Northumberland.