Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall

Things to see and do

New Exhibition: Wood of the Well

Coventina’s Well was discovered in the late 19th century, and contained coins, altars, jewellery and pottery, all offered to the goddess Coventina. Some of this material is on display in the Clayton Museum.

Wood of the Well: Imagined Carvings for Coventina features contemporary woodwork created by Philip Luscombe, inspired by the many offerings made to Coventina. Little wood survives from the Roman period, and this allowed an artistic interpretation of what might have been. The artworks use patterns and imagery seen on the Roman objects. Philip has speculated about what may have been lost, offering a different viewpoint on the collection.

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.

Family fun

Pick up a Chesters Fort takeover trail sheet from the admissions team and get ready for a Roman adventure. The Emperor has ordered you to run the fort, choose a character and use your trail to pick up tips to help you with your new job. Will you be the Commander, a messenger, a musician or a guard?

Stop off at the museum along the way to inspire your inner archaeologist, pack a picnic to eat by the river and run wild amongst the ruins. Enjoy family activities during the school holidays too.

Ground level view of Roman Calvary Fort

Roman Cavalry Fort

Take a stroll through history around the fort and grounds that straddle Hadrian's Wall. Chesters housed a garrison of 500 cavalry troops here for about 300 years.

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.

Frothy coffee in English Heritage's tearoom

Fill your boots

Fuel up after your Roman adventure in our tearoom. We serve light lunches made from locally sourced ingredients, sweet treats, and hot and cold drinks. Try one of our traditional stotties for a truly Northumbrian taste sensation.

There's seating indoor and out so pull up a chair wherever suits you. Children's lunch boxes are available. We can cater for all dietary requirements but please call us in advance, on 01434 681379, to arrange this. Hungry hikers are welcome to stop by too!

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