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Arbeia Secondary

Arbeia is closed from 27 September 2021 until 28 March 2022.

Discover what life was like at one of Britain's most important archaeological sites with a visit to Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields.

Built around AD160, Arbeia Roman Fort once played an essential role in the mighty frontier system of Hadrian's Wall. Based four miles to the east of the Wall's end, Arbeia Roman Fort guarded the entrance to the River Tyne and was the military supply base for the 17 forts along the Wall.

Arbeia is the best reconstruction of a Roman fort in Britain and offers visitors a unique insight into the every day life of the Roman army, from the soldier in his barrack room to the commander in his luxurious house.

Explore the amazing reconstructions of the West Gate, Commanding Officer's House and Barrack Block, rebuilt where they once stood.

See the latest excavations at this living archaeological site. Wonder at the best-preserved ringmail suit in Britain and other fascinating finds in the Museum. Unravel the secrets of the past in the hands-on TimeQuest exhibition. Enjoy live action events throughout the summer and children's activities during school holidays.

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Opening Hours

Arbeia is closed from 27 September 2021 until 28 March 2022, except for pre-arranged school groups and special events.

Opening hours from 28 March 2022:

Monday 10:00 - 17:00

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00

Thursday 10:00 - 17:00

Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone: 0191 277 1409


Events at Arbeia Roman Fort

Free Guided Tours of Arbeia Roman Fort

April 3rd to April 10th

Free Guided Tours of Arbeia Roman Fort

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