Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Housesteads Roman fort is currently closed but we hope to reopen on 3 December for pre-booked visits. From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 3 December we will be keeping a selection of our sites open for local visitors and Members. These sites all have large outdoor spaces, and they can be opened in a way that protects the health of all our visitors, staff and volunteers. We have additional safety measures in place at all of our sites including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to please bear in mind the government’s latest advice on essential journeys before you plan your visit. To find out which sites are open, how to book tickets and what to expect when you visit click on the links below. We hope to resume our normal winter opening times from 3 December, and will update you when we have more news. If you have a booking for while we are closed you will be automatically refunded within 10 working days.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. 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. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are open?
    • Roman 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
  • Keeping you Safe

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. 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.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

Guidebook: Hadrian's Wall

Price: £5.50

 Housesteads Timeline

122-32Vercovicium

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.

Find out more about the history of Housesteads

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