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.

Information about your visit

A visit to one of our sites will inspire your students and bring your teaching to life. We'd like to reassure you that we're following Government guidance to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

Important information to consider before you book:

  • To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced limits on visitor numbers and school groups, so please bear this in mind when booking your trip.
  • Find out more about what to expect on your school visit, which also includes our Covid 19 Risk Assessment.
  • To make the planning process as easy as possible, make sure you check our Plan Your School Trip section at the bottom of this page, for updated information on the facilities at the site as well as our free resources.
  • As usual, you’ll need to book your visit at least 14 days in advance. Please check our Terms and Conditions for full details.
  • Although is it not a requirement, any teachers, parents, or students aged 16 years can check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time. For more information about how we are handling your personal data for NHS Test and Trace please visit this page.

We’re continually updating our education offer in line with government guidance.  Most of our English Heritage sites are now open, including indoor spaces and cafes.  At some sites you might not be able to use our handling collections or costumes as part of a free self-led visit, but where we can provide hands-on items in a safe way we will. We’ve adapted our Discovery Visit workshops to follow government guidelines, but for certain sessions this hasn’t been possible – please check our schools webpages for further information.

There may be areas of our sites which are closed, so please check what’s available for your school group on our property webpages and with our booking team.  They can put you in touch with our Education Visits Officers who can offer help and guidance, so you can make the most of your school trip.

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.

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Expert-led Discovery Visits

Inspire and engage your students on an expert-led Discovery Visit.  Our session has 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 Meet a Roman Soldier Discovery Visit has been adapted to follow health and safety guidelines and will still offer your students a quality and fun learning experience.

We can’t run our Murder at the Fort Discovery Visit at the moment as we’re unable to adapt the session in a way that would still provide a quality, immersive education experience. We can get in touch with you once it’s running again – just sign up to get notified when bookings are back open.

FIND OUT MORE about Meet a Roman Soldier

Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. 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. Our Education Booking Team is on hand to advise and help you create the best possible school trip to suit your needs and area of study.

 

  • Facilities
    • THE 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: Museum access is by education bubble, please note there are often queues waiting for access.
    • 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.
    • FACE COVERINGS: Face coverings must be worn in Housesteads' indoor shop and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
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  • School visits

    We’re pleased to confirm we’re now taking bookings online until 30 September. All bookings must be made at least 14 days in advance.

    Our site staff and education team are still working hard to keep everyone safe and we continue to follow government guidance.

    Due to the current situation we can’t answer calls as quickly as we’d like to. If you’d like more information about a site, email us and we’ll put you in touch with an Education Visits Officer.

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