Things to see and do
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.
Museum of Roman finds
A keen antiquarian, John Clayton (1792-1890), excavated many sites, discovering hundreds of altars, pieces of jewellery and religious artefacts, during his lifetime of excavations along the Wall.
These finds are cared for in the museum, which contains some of the most famous items, on behalf of the Trustees of the Clayton Collection. The museum first opened in 1896 and still has many of its original Edwardian display cabinets.
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
Head to the tearoom after your Roman adventure to relax with light lunches made from local ingredients, sweet treats and hot and cold drinks. Try one of our traditional stotties for a truly Northumbrian experience.
There's seating inside 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 and cyclists are welcome to stop by too.
You can find allergen and nutritional information here.