Things to do at Birdoswald Roman Fort review
Banna now known as Birdoswald Roman Fort in Cumbria is a great place to start your adventure of Hadrian’s Wall. It was a Fort towards the Western end of the wall during the times of Roman occupation in Britain. It is the only site on Hadrian’s Wall where significant occupation in the post-Roman period has been proven.
The fort is situated on land bounded by cliffs to the south and east while overlooking the River Irthing in Cumbria. Today the site is operated by English Heritage. There is a visitor centre with displays and reconstructions of the fort. Plus exhibits about life in Roman Britain. You can trace back its history through the ages and see archaeological discoveries that were found in the 19th and 20th centuries. There are quiz’s to take and games to play.
You can also walk outside amongst the excavated remains of the fort. You can still see the remains of all of the wall’s defining features. The longest remaining stretch of the wall also spans as far as the eye can see. There are ruins of the Roman Fort, a turret and milecastle waiting to be explored. You can stand on the same ground as Roman soldiers and be blown away by this incredible feat of Roman engineering that has been dominating the landscape since AD 122.
They often have family-friendly trails available so it’s worth enquiring when you arrive.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Birdoswald Roman Fort
Is there food and drink available?
There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic outdoors.
What are the main things to do?
Visitor centre with quiz and games for kids and plenty of exhibits about the history of the site, walk outside and explore the ruins from Roman times. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage. An adult ticket costs £9 without donation, children 5-17 are £5.40, other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a car park, parking charges apply to non-members.
When are they open?
They are open for most of the year although they shut mid-week over most of the winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs on a lead allowed outside. Assistance dogs welcome.
Are they accessible?
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