Things to see and do

The longest stretch of the wall

longest stretch of the wall

Visit Birdoswald Roman Fort and you’ll be blown away by the longest continuous stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. It’s an incredible sight that really makes you appreciate this feat of Roman engineering. You’ll immediately be transported back in time, imagining yourself as a Roman soldier guarding their Empire and keeping a watchful eye out for invading troops.

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The fort

The Fort

One of 16 forts built as part of the Hadrian’s Wall frontier system, today the ruins of Birdoswald Roman Fort are some of the best preserved of any along the Wall.

Enter the excavated area of the fort through the main west gate, one of the four double gates on each side of the fort. As you enter you’ll notice that to the right of the west gate is the most impressive masonry you'll find anywhere on Hadrian’s Wall.

After the Romans left Britain, people continued to live on the site, so, as well as the Roman history, there are a further 1000 years of human occupation to discover here.

A family enjoying a Beautiful short walk

Beautiful short walks

The Birdoswald Estate is set in beautiful farmland waiting to be explored with our short walk leaflet.

A 45 minute marked route taking in some of Cumbria’s breath-taking scenery is identified in our literature available from the site team.

From an orchard to otters, an Iron Age Hill Fort and the River Irthing to red squirrels and views of the Penine Hills, there is certainly a lot to see during this mini Hadrian’s Wall adventure, perfect for all big and small Roman soldiers.

A tray of tea and scones

Rest your Legs

Our tearoom at Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect stopping off point to rest your weary legs. Relax with a bowl of warming soup and hot mug of tea or treat yourself to a delicious slice of cake or home-made scones.

We're open seven days a week from April 'til October, and then weekends during the winter months.

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