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Birdoswald Roman Fort

Castle / Fort


Tel: +44 (0)1697 747602

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Birdoswald Roman Fort

The longest stretch of Hadrian’s Wall and extensive remains of the Roman fort including a complete circuit of Walls and gates, granaries and parade block, and, at over two metres high, the longest continuous stretch of the Wall. There are also milecastles, turrets, a river crossing and clear evidence of the turf wall that preceded Hadrian’s Wall itself. Troops from what are now Romania and Bulgaria were stationed here.

After the Roman occupation ended, a local warlord built a timber framed hall on the site of a former granary, giving a fascinating insight into how life went on after Roman authority collapsed. The visitor centre provides an interesting display about the story of the fort and its local landscape.

For visitors from Carlisle and the west, Birdoswald is the ideal place to visit to see the Wall itself and one of the best preserved forts that housed the troops who garrisoned the frontier. The site is set in stunning countryside with extensive views across wooded farmland to the hills of the North Pennines.

The site is managed by English Heritage. There is a cafeteria and a shop selling books, gifts and souvenirs.

Wake up as an Emperor at Birdoswald Farmhouse, the group accommodation sleeping up to 39 people.


Opening Times

Open All Year
Mar - Sept (28 Mar 2016 - 30 Sep 2016)
Oct - Nov (1 Oct 2016 - 1 Nov 2016)
Nov - Feb (2 Nov 2016 - 14 Feb 2017)
Feb (15 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017)
Feb - Mar (20 Feb 2017 - 24 Mar 2017)

* Daily April - Oct Weekends Nov - March Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£5.80 per ticket type
Child (5 - 15 years)£3.40 per ticket type
Concession£5.20 per ticket type
Family£15.00 per ticket type

Prices from March 28 2015

EH Members - Free
Adult - £5.80
Concession - £5.20
Child - £3.40
Family - £15.00

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