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Arbeia Roman Fort



The reconstructed Gate into the fort features a display of the history of the site from prehistoric times to the present day and includes models of the fort and a Roman armoury.

A new gallery exploring objects which have been found at the Fort, both large and small.

This new permanent display, through many of the larger items found on site, tells the story of the people who not only built the Fort in AD 160, but also of those who lived and died at the Fort when it guarded the entrance to the River Tyne and became the military supply base for forts along Hadrian’s Wall. Star objects include one of the finest Roman tombstones in Britain.

Relax in Arbeia's new refreshment area and learn more about Hadrians's Wall, Arbeia and the surrounding area.

The barrack block was built using traditional Roman techniques of the third century. A number of rooms are open to visitors to show how Roman soldiers lived - eight men to an apartment - and features beds and the equipment they would have used. Visitors can also learn about the methods of construction used in the rebuilding.

This hands-on area offers the unique opportunity to excavate real Roman artefacts. Dig for finds on the reconstructed excavation site 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.

The 4th century Commanding Officer's house has been partially rebuilt and has been fitted out with authentic furniture and fresco paintings. The Roman rooms - which visitors can enter - include a summer dining room, the Commanding Officer's bedroom and the porter's lodge.

Arbeia now offers a new sensory tour which really brings archaeology to life. Stop at key points and listen to the story of the site. Follow the innovative touch and smell trail. Induction loops are available from the Museum.

Opening Times

Permanent Displays at Arbeia Roman Fort (29 Mar 2020 - 30 Sept 2020)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Guide Prices

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Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



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