Housesteads Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall

School Visits

A school visit to Housesteads Roman Fort is a unique experience. Stood high on the wild Whin Sill escarpment, Housesteads is the most complete example of a Roman fort anywhere in Britain, but what was life like for the 800 soldiers based here? With a history that goes back almost 2,000 years, Housesteads can offer a great insight into what life was like in Roman Britain, with both free self-led visits and tours led by our experts available.

Curriculum links

A visit to Housesteads Roman Fort offers cross-curricular learning across numerous subjects in a fun and engaging way.

  • KS1 History: The national and global significance of Hadrian's Wall
  • KS1-3 History: A local history study
  • KS2 History: The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; the 'Romanisation' of Britain and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs
  • KS3 History: a study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066

Free Self-led Visits

Book a free self-led visit and fulfil your curriculum needs as you and your class explore Housesteads Roman Fort. March in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers through the fort, exploring the buildings where they lived and worked. Then learn about the life of a soldier, including the tools and weapons they used and the clothes they wore, through the objects that were excavated at the fort and are now on display in the museum.

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Expert-led Discovery Visits

Sandford Award Winner 2023!

Inspire and engage your students on an award-winning Discovery Visit.  Our sessions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of different groups across the key stages and provide students with a fun and informative understanding of Roman life.


Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.

Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.

Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip! 

  • Facilities
    • THE FORT: The fort is open as usual and access to the wider stretches of Hadrian's Wall from Housesteads is accessible.
    • MUSEUM AND EXHIBITION: We recommend brining your pupils in small groups. 
    • TOILETS: Our toilets are open as usual at the National Trust entrance, limited English Heritage toilets are in operation near the museum. 
    • LUNCH: You are welcome to bring packed lunches and picnic at the property.
    • SHOP: The shop will be open as usual. We recommend bringing your pupils in small groups.
    • PARKING: Coach parking 500 metres from the site on a steep gradient. A fee is payable. Disabled parking is available near the fort: please call the site in advance.
    • EDUCATION ROOM: The education room is currently unavailable. Please check back for updates.

    Site Map

    Housesteads Site Map

  • Hazard Information

    A useful to help with your risk assessments.

    You must meet the following ratios for leaders to students on the day of your visit when booking, and if your group is forming smaller groups while at the site:

    • Ages 4-5 (UK Reception) 1 leader for every 4 students (1:4)
    • Ages 5-7 (UK Key Stage 1) 1 leader for every 6 students (1:6)
    • Ages 7-11 (UK Key Stage 2) 1 leader for every 10 students (1:10) and
    • Ages 11-18 (UK Key Stages 3, 4, and 5) 1 leader for every 15 students (1:15)
    • For an adult learning group, consisting of individuals all over the age of 18, there are no ratios but there must be an appointed group leader
    • All ratios outlined above apply to home education groups
    • If your group consists of children aged 3 and/or 4, you must also refer to the Early Years and Foundation Stage Statutory Framework which sets out specific legal requirements for minimum ratios for this age group, to include requirements about the qualifications of the leaders
    • SEND groups must meet the minimum ratios above but may bring any additional leaders as required to adequately support their group
  • Education Site Opening Times

    We offer free self-led education visits during school term time*.

    *Free education visits are not offered on UK public holidays or during the operation of additional fee paying public events at English Heritage sites.

    • April-October: Monday-Sunday 10-5pm. Discovery Visits available Monday-Friday 
    • November-January: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm
    • February-March: Monday-Sunday 10-4pm. Meet a Roman Soldier Discovery Visits available Tuesday-Wednesday

Learning Resources

  • Hadrian's Wall Teachers' Kit (KS1-4+)

    Use the information and activities in this Teachers' Kit to explore the story of Hadrian's Wall. Walk the Wall in your Playground, carry out a Wall Safari or find out more about daily life for people along the wall. 

  • Curators' Collections: Hadrian's Wall

    Explore objects from our collections at Hadrian’s Wall to learn more about life on the Roman Empire’s northernmost frontier.

  • Local Learning: Hadrian's Wall

    Discover the unique historic environment around Hadrian's Wall with our suggested reading, activities and video resources. 

  • Teaching the Romans

    Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your Romans teaching.

  • Why was Hadrian's Wall Built?

    Watch our short animation to discover why Hadrian ordered a wall to be built on the Roman Empire's fronter in Britannia. 

  • Meet a Roman Legionary

    Join Marcus the legionary on Hadrian's Wall to discover what life was life on the Roman Empire's northernmost frontier. 

  • How did the Romans Change Britain?

    Watch our short animation to find out more about how Roman rule impacted Britain.