Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Schools

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.

Curriculum links

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

We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. Book a free education visit and lead your own visit in your own way. We have plenty of online resources available to download and use in the classroom before, during and after your visit. Please see the resources section below.

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Expert-led Discovery Visits

Inspire and engage your students on an expert-led 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.

Our Discovery Visits have been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.

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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 for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit 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 for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

 

  • Facilities
    • THE FORT: The fort is open as usual and access to the wider stretches of Hadrian's Wall from Housesteads is accessible.
    • MUSEUM AND EXHIBITION: We recommend brining your pupils in small groups. 
    • TOILETS: Our toilets are open as usual at the National Trust entrance, limited English Heritage toilets are in operation near the museum. 
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring packed lunches and picnic at the property.
    • SHOP: The shop will be open as usual. We recommend bringing your pupils in small groups.
    • PARKING: Coach parking 500 metres from the site on a steep gradient. A fee is payable. Disabled parking is available near the fort: please call the site in advance.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is currently unavailable. Please check back for updates.
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*.

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday 
    • November-March: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm
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