Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Schools

Birdoswald Roman Fort is the perfect place for a school visit, you can explore the extensive remains of the Roman Fort and the longest continuous remaining stretch of this magnificent World Heritage Site can be seen here. Inside, the exhibition has interesting interactive displays and artefacts, as well as a model of the Wall at its full height.

Information about your visit

Our number one priority remains the health, safety and security of all of our visitors, staff and volunteers. Our staff are still working hard to keep everyone safe and make sure you and your group have an enjoyable visit.

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’re continuing to limit visitor numbers at some sites and in some indoor spaces. Please book as soon as possible to secure your preferred trip date and times.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit and make sure you download our COVID risk assessments; download a free copy of managing education visits during the pandemic and if you're participating in a Discovery Visit download our managing Discovery Visits during the pandemic risk assessment
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • You’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.
  • Our staff are continuing to wear a face covering in our busy areas and indoor spaces, and we encourage you and your group to do the same where possible.

At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to keep you and your group safe at all times, but for certain sessions we’re still working on this – please check the Discovery Visit section and Facilities section on this page below for further information.

Curriculum Links

A visit to Birdoswald offers curriculum links across three key stages:

  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS1 History: How people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • KS2 History: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain: the 'Romanisation' of Britain and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs
  • KS3 History: A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils chronological knowledge before 1066

Free Self-led Visits

We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. By booking a free education visit, you can discover Birdoswald Roman Fort and get up close to the ruins in your own way. Explore the once bustling fort, see the longest remaining stretch of Hadrian's Wall and imagine what life would have been like on the edge of the Roman Empire in the visitor centre. Download the free resources below to help ensure students get the most out of their learning before, during and after your visit.

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Accommodation

There aren’t many places on Hadrian’s Wall where you can actually go to bed and wake up in a Roman Fort. The 39 bed group accommodation in Birdoswald’s Farmhouse is perfect for school and education groups.

Benefits include:

  • Central location for exploring Hadrian’s Wall Country and the World Heritage site.
  • Flexible catering: self-cater or use the range cooker, kitchen and eating area.
  • Tearoom on site including fresh soups, sandwiches, cakes and hot/cold drinks.
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PLAN YOUR TRIP

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip.

We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: Parking is located approx 200 metres from the site with room for over 50 cars.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is available as a bag drop off and lunch space.
    • TOILETS: Toilets, including accessible toilets, are available on site. 
    • LUNCH: The café serves a selection of soups, sandwiches, cakes, and hot and cold drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic. Benches are located in main courtyard, orchard and near the south of the fort with breath-taking views over the River Irthing.
    • SHOP: A shop containing a selection of English Heritage gifts is located in the old farm buildings.
    • EXHIBITION: The visitor centre has a new exhibition full of hands-on activities. Here you can discover the history of Hadrian's Wall and Birdoswald Roman Fort.
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