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Birdoswald Roman fort is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.
We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click the button below.
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.
This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure with a historical twist. Follow the trail through the Roman ruins and track down the clues - crack them all to claim your adventurer's certificate. Kick off your quest at Birdoswald Roman fort every day of the school holidays. Standard admission applies.Download your trail map
Hadrian's Wall is begun, and is first built of turf not stone in the western sector.
Birdoswald fort is built astride the Wall, on the site of one of the Wall's stone turrets.
Find out more about the history of Birdoswald Roman Fort
Birdoswald is manned by the 1,000-strong first cohort of Dacians, from what is now Romania.
A civilian settlement develops and prospers around the fort.
Troops are withdrawn from Britain as Roman rule collapses, but Birdoswald remains occupied.
A typical border bastle house is built within the fort walls, for defence against raiding by 'reivers' or robbers.
A new building, now part of the Birdoswald farmhouse, replaces the original bastle house.
Henry Norman buys Birdoswald, adds a tower to the farmhouse and landscapes the site.
The Potter brothers from Newcastle excavate the fort walls and gates.
Francis Haverfield and the Cumberland Excavation Committee discover the Turf Wall and the course of the Vallum earthwork around Birdoswald.
Celebrated Hadrian's Wall excavator FG Simpson discovers the Vallum crossing and excavates the fort interior.
Francis Eden, 6th Baron Henley, buys the Birdoswald estate and places the fort walls and gates in state care.
English Heritage resumes excavations and takes over management from Cumbria County Council in 2004.
Learn more about the history of Birdoswald