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Birdoswald Roman Fort
- Birdoswald Roman Fort
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Ancient Rome
- 100AD - 199AD
- Hadrian’s Wall, Greenhead Roman Army Museum,
Vindolanda, Housesteads Roman Fort,
about Birdoswald Roman Fort
Birdoswald Roman Fort is not only one of the most well-preserved of the wall forts of the iconic Hadrian’s Wall, it is also next to some of the best stretches of this 73-mile barrier.
At its peak, Birdoswald Roman Fort would have housed up to 1,000 soldiers who were there to guard Hadrian’s Wall. Even after the Romans left Britain, Birdoswald Roman Fort remained inhabited up to the fifth century AD and later, in the sixteenth century, a medieval fortified farmhouse was built there, succeeded by a regular farmhouse.
Today, visitors can enjoy the extensive remains found at Birdoswald Roman Fort, which include much of its defensive structures such as its walls and gateways as well as buildings such as granaries and workshops.
The Birdoswald Roman Fort visitor centre offers a further glimpse into life in Roman Britain, with a model of the Wall as it would once have looked and displays of artifacts found at the site. Uniquely, it is even possible to stay within the walls of Birdoswald Roman Fort as part of a holiday. It is under the remit of English Heritage.
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Address: Off route 6318, near Waterhead, Northumberland
Phone: +44 (0)16977 47602
Located 4 miles west of Greenhead off route 6318 and signposted from the A69 (Brampton roundabout). Nearest rail stations are Bramptom (8 miles) and Haltwhistle (7 miles).
Open Apr-Sep daily, 10am-5:30pm (last entry 5pm). Oct-Mar weekends only 10am-4pm. Closed Christmas and New Year. Entry costs £5 for adults, £3 for children, £4.50 with concession.
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