Step back into a time when Romans ruled the land and go on an adventure to Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend! In AD 122, Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain, resulting in ‘Hadrian’s Wall’; a 73-mile barrier stretching across the country! Segedunum, which means ‘Strong Fort’, was built to guard the eastern end of the Wall and housed 600 Roman soldiers. It stood for almost 300 years as a symbol of Roman rule and a bastion against barbarian attacks. Today, the remains at Segedunum represent one of the most completely excavated forts anywhere in the Roman Empire. There is a large interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a unique bathhouse and a section of the Wall. Plus, the 35-metre high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this World Heritage Site!
Walk around the remains of the fort or look down on it from above, in the amazing viewing tower! Why not take the audio tour with Geotourist? Simply download the app on your mobile phone. The baths are a full-sized reconstruction based on the original remains and they feature authentic frescoed walls, hot and cold plunge baths and replica Roman toilets. It gives a good impression of what Roman relaxation would have been like. The Roman collections at Segedunum are mostly from recent excavations in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. They include the only stone toilet seat from Roman Britain, a delightful portable shrine, surviving spearheads, sections of ring mail armour and a collection of rounded throwing stones – defensive missiles for the Fort. There is also a seasonal programme of events including historical re-enactments with gladiators and artisans!
The fort is open from 10:00 to 3:00, Mondays to Saturdays, but is closed on Sundays. It’s recommended you leave 2 to 3 hours for your visit.