Things to see and do

view of Bathhouse and River at Chesters Roman Fort

Bathhouse and River Views

A place to relax on Hadrian's Wall for both Roman and modern visitors, Chesters is home to a spectacular Roman Bathhouse.

The tranquil riverside spa on the banks of the North Tyne would have been a relaxing and social environment for the weary soldiers. The complex of rooms offered soldiers hot, cold and steam baths as well as a changing room-cum-clubhouse.

Bring a picnic and enjoy the wonderful views from the site of the bathhouse.

The Clayton Museum

Museum of Roman Finds

Browse the recently updated Clayton Museum to discover a myriad of Roman finds, and find out about the 'saviour of the Wall', John Clayton.

A keen antiquarian, John Clayton (1792-1890), excavated many sites, discovering hundreds of altars, pieces of jewellery and religious artefacts, during his lifetime of excavations along the Wall.

These finds are cared for in the museum, which contains some of the most famous items, on behalf of the Trustees of the Clayton Collection. The museum first opened in 1896 and still has many of its original Edwardian display cabinets.

Learn more about the 2016 updates to the Clayton Museum and site.

Chesters Fort Takeover is the new family trail at Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Fort Takeover

Takeover a Roman Fort!

Discover more of Chesters Roman Fort and Museum whilst you explore the site in character.

You could be a Messenger, Musician, Commander or Dog, amongst other characters from 2000 years ago. Pick up your trail leaflet from the site team. If you can't wait, download the leaflet now and choose who you're going to be! 

ground level view of Roman Cavalry Fort

Roman Cavalry Fort

Take a stroll through history around the fort and grounds that straddle Hadrian's Wall. Chesters housed a garrison of 500 cavalry troops here for about 300 years.

Today you can still see all four principal gates of the fort, the headquarters building and courtyard, hall and regimental shrine. Plus, don't miss the ruins of an elaborate and luxurious commandant's house.

What you see of the fort today is the result of the excavations by John Clayton. His passion for archaeology played a vital role in the preservation of the Roman sites on Hadrian's Wall in the Victorian era.

Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition 2017

Hadrian's Cavalry 2017

April - September 2017

Hadrian's Wall will host a major exhibition celebrating the cavalry regiments that once guarded this famous North West frontier. 

Chesters is one of 10 heritage attractions that will explore the role and daily life of the Roman cavalry in a spectacular exhibition. At Chesters visitors can learn about how Roman cavalrymen lived side-by-side with their horses including the management, feed, health and grooming. Inside the Clayton Museum, see a new display of a cavalry sword and hipposandals, worn to protect hooves. From July 2017, visitors can also see an installation of contemporary artwork inspired by the once crowded barracks and the power of the cavalry force. Find out more about Hadrian's Cavalry.

Frothy coffee in Chesters Tearoom

Chesters Tearoom

Chesters Tearoom is a charming stop off for resting weary legs, and a beautiful spot for an afternoon treat.

Chesters Tearoom serves hot and cold light food and refreshments, and is open daily from Easter to November, and weekends from November to March.

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