A school visit to Housesteads Roman Fort is a unique experience. Stood high on the wild Whin Sill escarpment, Housesteads is the most complete example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain, but what was life like for the 800 soldiers based here? With a history that goes back almost 2,000 years, Housesteads can offer a great insight into what life was like in Roman Britain, with both free self-led visits and tours led by our experts available.
A visit to Housesteads Roman Fort offers curriculum links across three key stages:
- KS1: The national and global significance of Hadrian's Wall
- KS2: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain
- KS3: a study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066
free school visits
We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. Book a free education visit and lead your own visit in your own way. We have plenty of online resources available to download and use in the classroom before, during and after your visit.
expert led school visits
Our popular expert led Discovery Visit provides students with a fun and informative understanding of Roman life.
- MURDER AT THE FORT, A ROMAN MURDER MYSTERY (KS2-3): Become history detectives and solve a Roman murder mystery! Two skeletons have been found buried at the fort and you must explore the possible murder suspects. Try to piece together the clues, in the process learning about life in the Roman fort, developing discussion skills and judgements based on evidence. Duration: 1 1/2 hours
- MEET A REAL LIFE ROMAN SOLDIER (KS2-3): Discover what life was like for a Roman soldier stationed at Housesteads and meet Roman Veteran Rufus Aelius Victor. Students will also be given the opportunity to ask Rufus questions, dress in costume, train as a recruit in an auxiliary unit, explore the site and handle both real and replica Roman artefacts. Duration: 1 1/2 Hours
facilities for learning groups
- Free site visit to help you plan your school trip.
- 20% discount on the official English Heritage site guidebook.
- School goodie bags available - please ring site for details.
- New exhibition exploring life on the edge of the Roman Empire. Keep an eye out for Felix the infantry soldier!
- Lunch: the shop sells sandwiches, snacks, ice-cream, and hot and cold drinks. Students are welcome to bring packed lunches and picnic at the property.
- Coach parking 500 metres from the site on a steep gradient. Fee payable. Disabled parking available near the fort: please call site in advance.
- Steep climb to fort. Walking around site requires climbing steps and slopes; we recommend that students wear suitable footwear.
- At least one adult for every 5 children for Key Stage 1, one adult to 8 students for Key Stage 2 and one adult to 15 students for KS3 and above. No ratio for adult learning, but named group leader should attend.