Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

Excavations at Birdoswald Roman fort

Archeaology Tours of Birdoswald Roman fort are back this June! See the past unfold before their eyes as we discover the 2,000 year old history hidden beneath the soil.

The excavation project is a collaboration between Newcastle University, Historic England and English Heritage.

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Guided Tours

Between 11 June – 5 July (excluding 24 June), Mon to Fri, there will be guided tours of the excavations and the fort at 11am and 2pm. Hear about the history of the fort, experience the excavation live and see the latest finds. The tours last around one hour to an hour and a half are included in the admission price. To book your ticket, click the button below and select the date you'd like to attend. Then add your free tour ticket under the Enhance Your Visit section.

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Roman Archaeology

The history of Birdoswald starts in AD 122 when the area was cleared for the building of Hadrian’s Wall, whose defences are the best preserved of any along the Wall. The fort was garrisoned by an infantry cohort of over 800 men and occupied throughout the Roman period. Today, extensive excavations have been tremendously important for our understanding of life along Hadrian’s Wall both during and after the Roman occupation. The excavations which began in 2021 will be an important contribution to the knowledge about the Roman frontier.

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