Chesters Roman Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall

Things to see and do

Welcome to Chesters roman fort

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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Site and grounds - All outdoor spaces are open as usual.
  • Museum - The museum is open as normal (from 10.30am) with minor restrictions due to social distancing guidelines.
  • Café - Take away food and drink will be available. Card payments preffered.
  • Shop - The shop will be open.
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Chester's indoor shop, café and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
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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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