Walk in Roman footsteps at Arbeia Roman Fort

South Shields, South Tyneside

Britain’s biggest and best reconstruction of a Roman fort is the perfect place to immerse yourself in their ancient way of life.

Part of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, Arbeia Roman Fort gives a fascinating insight into everyday life on the frontier of the Roman Empire. Built in AD160, the fort guarded the main sea route to Hadrian's Wall. The original site’s remains can still be seen, including the headquarter buildings and granaries.
Several buildings have also been reconstructed to full scale in their original locations, offering a rare opportunity to stand in the footsteps of the Roman army, from the soldier in his barracks to the commander in his luxurious house.

Arbeia is the most extensively excavated Roman military supply base in the Empire. Many interesting finds are displayed in the museum and excavations still take place regularly, so who knows what you may witness.

The fort is 12 miles (19km) east of Newcastle by road or metro. Newcastle is located 2 hours 50 minutes north of London by train.

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  • South Shields Tourist Information Centre
  • Email Address [email protected]
  • Contact Details 0191 424 7718

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