Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

© Chesters Roman Fort

Set in the picturesque valley next to the River North Tyne, Chesters, known as 'Cilurnum' during the Roman rule, is the best example of a Roman cavalry fort in Britain. Garrison of approximately 500 soldiers, the fort was occupied for three centuries before the area was deserted following the collapse of Roman rule in Britain. Education groups can discover the history of the propety through actively exploring the site and its key buildings: the commandant's house, the headquarters building with courtyard and the superbly preserved garrison's bath house – sat between the fort and the river it offered soldiers hot, cold or steam baths.

On site, the restored Victorian museum contains the vast collection of Roman archaeological finds owned by the Victorian collector, John Clayton. From Roman jewellery to coins and relief stones adorned with animals to pots, Chesters' museum provides education groups an opportunity to understand everyday life for Roman soldiers and civilians living in the vicinity of Hadrian's Wall. Available to download from the English Heritage website are additional teacher resources including a Hazard Information Sheet and a new Teacher's Kit including lesson plans and teaching ideas.

To book  your free school visit, please call 0870 333 0606, email [email protected] or visit:

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