Housesteads Roman fort is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. 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. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.
Welcome to Housesteads 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.
- Fort - The fort will be open as usual and access to the wider stretches of Hadrian's Wall from Housesteads is as usual.
- Museum and Exhibition - The museum will remain open with a monitoring system based on one in, one out in operation.
- Shop - The shop will be open
- Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual.
Construction of Hadrian's Wall begins. The fort at Housesteads, known as Vercovicium, is built.
138Hadrian's Great Defences
The Wall is completed at the end of Hadrian's reign and is garrisoned by nearly 10,000 men. Housesteads is one of 15 forts along the Wall.
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The neighbouring Antonine Wall in Scotland is abandoned. Housesteads is garrisoned by the Tungrians, an infantry cohort of about 800 men, for the next two centuries.
Late 2nd-3rd CenturiesFort Renovations
Major building work takes place at the commanding officer's house, the granaries and other fort structures.
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Early 3rd CenturyDutch Soldiers
Additional garrison units from Frisia (north-east Holland) join Housesteads.
Late 3rd CenturyReduced Numbers
The garrison is reduced in strength, the barracks are transformed, and the settlement outside the fort is abandoned.
5th CenturyAfter the Romans
Immediate post-Roman activity at Housesteads is indicated by a 'cist' burial in a water tank close to the north curtain wall.
Late 16th Century'House Steads'
Part of 'House steads' is reported as belonging to Nicholas Crane of Bradley Hall.
Late 16th Century'Ranke Robbers'
The area becomes a notorious lair for rustlers and thieves, chiefly the Armstrong family. Antiquary and traveller William Camden avoids the site for fear of the 'ranke robbers thereabouts'.
The Revd John Hodgson carries out the first excavations at Housesteads.
19th Century to PresentOpen to Visitors
The fort forms the highlight of John Clayton’s ‘Roman Wall Estate’.
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