Northumberland audio tour: Hadrian's Wall: Housesteads

About the Tour

This is a guided tour around the ruins of Housesteads Roman Fort, one of the original forts built along Hadrian's Wall. On this tour I will show you where soldiers and civilians lived, and explain how to understand the remains of the best-preserved Roman fort in Northumberland.

Tour Producer

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Gary Devore

Archaeologist and author. Former lecturer at Stanford University and and author of the novel "Pantheon" and the guidebook "Walking Tours of Ancient Rome".

Major Landmarks

  • Hadrian's Wall

  • Housesteads Roman Fort

Directions to Starting Point

We will begin our tour in the museum building on the site, which is located just to the southwest of the fort itself. If you are coming from the carpark, go through the modern tourist buildings managed by the National Trust and walk outside. A quarter-mile long path will lead you down into a valley and then up to the museum building managed by English Heritage. You will need an admission ticket to the fort, which you can acquire from either the National Trust or English Heritage staff, depending on your own membership affiliation. Tickets are between £4 and £7.

If you are coming from the Hadrian’s Wall path, leave the path and walk downhill along the western edge of the fort. You will come to the museum building.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

The only toilets and food on the site are down near the National Trust operated car park, so make sure you're prepared before you start the tour.

Best time of day

Any time of day is good for a visit. The fort and museum are open from 10am-6pm between 25 March and 30 September. In October, the site closes at 5pm, and in winter, 1 November – 31 March, it closes at 4pm. You will need at least an hour to go around the fort.

Precautions

In wet conditions, part of the fort can be slippery. Use caution on the grassy slopes.

Comments

This greatly enhanced our visit to Housesteads, for a tiny fraction of what you'd pay for a guide. The GPS triggering of the tour sections worked well. Highly recommended.

Posted by Steve , over 1 year ago
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