Uncover Britain’s Roman history at Arbeia Roman Fort

South Shields, Tyne and Wear

Explore stunning Roman reconstructions of military life across all the ranks.

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Arbeia Roman Fort’s strategic location at the entrance of the River Tyne meant it played an essential role in the Empire’s northern edge.

Initially built in AD160 as a garrison at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall, it soon developed into the frontier’s main logistics centre. Military supplies were shipped through Arbeia and onto the 17 forts along the Wall. It was also home to a squadron of Mesopotamian boatmen and Spanish cavalry, showing the cultural diversity of the Roman frontier.

Arbeia today provides the visitor with a unique insight into life in Roman Britain. A museum has been on site since the 1950s, displaying excavated finds from the fort and civilian settlement. In the1980s the fort’s West Gate was reconstructed, showing the size and scale of Roman military architecture. More recently two further reconstructions we built, showing the living quarters of a Centurion and a Commanding Officer. 

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