Visit an Ancient Roman Fort in South Shields

Step back in time and immerse yourself in a world where Romans walked the land. Explore the full-scale reconstructions at Arbeia Roman Fort, including the West Gate, the Commanding Officer’s house and a soldier’s barrack block. As an important archaeological site, you can gaze in wonder at it’s amazing collection of unique finds from Roman Britain.

Is it dog friendly?

Yes! Dogs must be kept on a short lead and are not allowed into any of the buildings, but your pooch is most certainly welcome!

Standing proudly above the entrance to the River Tyne, Arbeia guarded the main sea route to Hadrian’s wall. It was a key military supply base to other forts along the Wall. Founded around AD160, the Fort has had a long and varied history; from the Roman Emperor’s headquarters for the attempted Scottish Invasion, to terrifying tales of murder, fires and ancient love stories.

Raising history back from the dead, stories are brought to life through events and displays, including gladiator battles, falconry displays and Roman re-enactments.

  • The fort is free to access, however feel free to make a donation.
  • Tours cost £6.50

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