A school visit to Housesteads Roman Fort is a unique experience. Stood high on the wild Whin Sill escarpment, Housesteads is the most complete example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain, but what was life like for the 800 soldiers based here? With a history that goes back almost 2,000 years, Housesteads can offer a great insight into what life was like in Roman Britain, with both free self-led visits and tours led by our experts available.
A visit to Housesteads Roman Fort offers cross-curricular learning across numerous subjects in a fun and engaging way.
- KS1 History: The national and global significance of Hadrian's Wall
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS2 History: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; the 'Romanisation' of Britain and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs
- KS3 History: a study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066
Free Self-led Visits
Book a free self-led visit and fulfil your curriculum needs as you and your class explore Housesteads Roman Fort. March in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers through the fort, exploring the buildings where they lived and worked. Then learn about the life of a soldier, including the tools and weapons they used and the clothes they wore, through the objects that were excavated at the fort and are now on display in the museum.Enquire now
Expert-led Discovery Visits
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Inspire and engage your students on an award-winning Discovery Visit. Our sessions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages and provide students with a fun and informative understanding of Roman life.FIND OUT MORE
Plan your trip
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Hadrian's Wall Teachers' Kit (KS1-4+)
Use the information and activities in this Teachers' Kit to explore the story of Hadrian's Wall. Walk the Wall in your Playground, carry out a Wall Safari or find out more about daily life for people along the wall.
Curators' Collections: Hadrian's Wall
Explore objects from our collections at Hadrian’s Wall to learn more about life on the Roman Empire’s northernmost frontier.
Local Learning: Hadrian's Wall
Discover the unique historic environment around Hadrian's Wall with our suggested reading, activities and video resources.
Teaching the Romans
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your Romans teaching.
Why was Hadrian's Wall Built?
Watch our short animation to discover why Hadrian ordered a wall to be built on the Roman Empire's fronter in Britannia.
Meet a Roman Legionary
Join Marcus the legionary on Hadrian's Wall to discover what life was life on the Roman Empire's northernmost frontier.
How did the Romans Change Britain?
Watch our short animation to find out more about how Roman rule impacted Britain.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.