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.
- Site and grounds - All outdoor spaces are open as usual.
- Museum - The museum will remain closed.
- Café - Take away food and drink will be available. Card payments preffered. Our café is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
- 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 and café and we recommend wearing them in 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.
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.
Roman Cavalry Fort
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.
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!