Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Try your hand at uncovering real Roman artefacts on an excavation site at Arbeia, and study them to discover what you have unearthed with the help of museum staff. Piece together pottery and have a go at writing just as the Romans would have done.

See the Roman military be brought to life through original ancient relics, thought-provoking displays and reconstructions at the Roman Army Museum, and explore the fearsome dungeons that remain at Carlisle Castle. 

Imagine being a Spanish Centurian at Stenhouse Museum in Maryport defending the Cumbrian Coast or a Belgian soldier far to the east at Segedunum.  Meet Felix who lived at Housesteads Roman fort, he will show you the fort - including the roman loos, and jump in your chariot (or car) and travel along the roman road to amazing Vindolanda, where you can see real, live excavations and read 2000 year old letters.  

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Men dressed as Romans at Housesteads Fort on Hadrian's Wall© English Heritage
A little girl looking at the display in Tullie House© Tullie House
A boy and girl dressed in Roman army gear at the Roman Army Museum © Vindolanda Trust
Children dressed in Roman costume watching an entertainer© Carlisle City Council
A child excavating Hadrian's Wall at Arbeia Roman Fort.© Tyne & Wear Museums

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