Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

The exhibition is currently closed while we work on some exciting new facilities at the fort. You'll still find a warm welcome, catering and a gift shop temporarily located inside the farmhouse. The fort is open as usual - we look forward to seeing you and telling you about our plans.

From Mon 4 Dec - Sun 17 Dec 2017 the B6318 from Gilsland to Lees Hill will be closed for resurfacing works by Cumbria County Council. To access Birdoswald Roman Fort, follow Diversion signs back to the A69, heading west until Brampton and then follow the brown signs directing you to Birdoswald from there. For more information please check the Cumbria County Council road closures page.

Guidebook: Birdoswald Roman Fort

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 Birdoswald Timeline

AD 122The Turf Wall

Hadrian's Wall is begun, and is first built of turf not stone in the western sector.

125-38One of Many Forts

Birdoswald fort is built astride the Wall, on the site of one of the Wall's stone turrets.

Find out more about the history of Birdoswald Roman Fort

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