Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites and the views and Roman remains are spectacular.
As you walk up the grassy path to Housesteads Roman Fort, you can imagine what it must have been like for those 800 Roman soldiers posted there. Located on the dramatic escarpment that snakes across northern England, Housesteads is the iconic part of Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, with stunning 360º panoramic views.
The fort’s remains include the barrack blocks and the commandant’s house. There’s even the chance to see some of the oldest toilets you’re likely to come across. The adjacent museum houses fascinating exhibits, a model reconstruction of how the fort looked back in the day, and a CGI film that whisks you virtually through time.
And afterwards try the new visitor centre by the car park for a spot of lunch or afternoon tea, and maybe purchase a Roman souvenir.
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