Things to see and do
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.
Museum of Roman Finds
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.
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!
Roman Cavalry Fort
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 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.
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.