Close to Chesters Roman Fort in Northumberland are the remains of a Roman bridge across the North Tyne. On the eastern river bank you can see evidence of two successive bridges: an early one that just carried Hadrian's Wall, and a second, much larger one, that carried the Military Way - the road that serviced the Wall. This fine bridge, one of the most remarkable survivals on Hadrian's Wall, proclaimed the power and prestige of the Roman emperor and his empire.
Read more about the history of Chesters Bridge Abutment.
Before You Go
Access: The site sits alongside the North Tyne river and be accessed along a footpath off of the B6318. A small gate sits just before the traffic lights and this leads to a path that runs along the old railway line, parts of which is uneven and can become muddy.
Parking: There is an English Heritage managed car park at Chesters Roman Fort, a 20 minute walk from the Bridge Abutment along the roadside.
Please be aware: Site is adjacent to a river and may be prone to flooding.
Drone flying: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. Please see our drone filming guidelines for more details, or email our Filming team.
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Plan a Great Day Out
Check out Chesters Bridge Abutment as part of the Chesters Roman Trail.
The Bridge Abutment is roughly a 15-20 minute walk from Chesters Roman Fort. The Fort includes Chesters Museum, the impressive bath house remains and a tearoom. There are also toilet facilities, a picnic area and gift shop.