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.

A little girl dancing at Chesters Roman Fort

Family fun

Pick up a Chesters Fort takeover trail sheet from the admissions team and get ready for a Roman adventure. The Emperor has ordered you to run the fort, choose a character and use your trail to pick up tips to help you with your new job. Will you be the Commander, a messenger, a musician or a guard?

Stop off at the museum along the way to inspire your inner archaeologist, pack a picnic to eat by the river and run wild amongst the ruins. Enjoy family activities during the school holidays too.

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.

Frothy coffee in Chesters Tearoom

Fill your boots

Fuel up after your Roman adventure in our tearoom. We serve light lunches made from locally sourced ingredients, sweet treats, and hot and cold drinks. Try one of our traditional stotties for a truly Northumbrian taste sensation.

There's seating indoor and out so pull up a chair wherever suits you. Children's lunch boxes are available. We can cater for all dietary requirements but please call us in advance, on 01434 681379, to arrange this. Hungry hikers are welcome to stop by too!

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