Housesteads Roman Fort

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Book a free visit to Housesteads Roman Fort for a day of self-exploration of the site to suit your curriculum needs. Imagine what life was like for the 800 Roman soldiers living and working at Housesteads. At the very edge of their empire, the soldiers were secure and self-sufficient within the fort, with a barracks block, hospital, Commander’s House, granaries and communal toilets, all of which you can still see today. Visit the museum to discover how the Romans built the fort and the vicus, a civilian settlement which developed in its shadow, and see the fascinating collection of Roman artefacts. Once you have booked your school trip, you are entitled to a free planning visit, to familiarise yourself with the site and see all that it has to offer.

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Housesteads Roman Fort. From just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils, these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• MEET A ROMAN SOLDIER (KS2-3): £125 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours
• MURDER AT THE FORT: A ROMAN MURDER MYSTERY (KS2-3): £100 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours

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Why book English Heritage for School Trips and Educational Visits?

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Bring learning to life outside of the classroom. Children can explore and learn for themselves at a ‘real’ historical site, developing their enquiry skills and independence, as well as key historical knowledge.
A visit to Housesteads Roman Fort is ideal for education groups of all ages and abilities, and with downloadable hazard information, and free on-site resources, it’s easy to plan a visit with your group in mind.

Which Curriculum Subjects do you cater for?

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ROMANS – Visit the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain to discover what life was life under the rule of the Roman Empire. Explore the site for free with your class, or enhance your learning with an expert-led Discovery Visit workshop:
• MEET A ROMAN SOLDIER (KS2-3): meet Roman Veteran Rufus Aelius Victor and discover what life was like for a Roman soldier stationed at Housesteads. Ask Rufus questions, dress in costume, train as a recruit in an auxiliary unit, explore the site and handle both real and replica Roman artefacts. £125 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours
• MURDER AT THE FORT: A ROMAN MURDER MYSTERY (KS2-3): become history detectives and solve a Roman murder mystery! Two skeletons have been found buried at the fort and you must piece together the clues to investigate the murder suspects. £100 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours

What activities are available during group visits?

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Cover a range of topics across the key stages:
KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in the locality.
KS2 History: A local history study. The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain; the 'Romanisation' of Britain and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs
KS3 History: A local history study. A study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066
GCSE History: A study of the historic environment

For a hands-on, immersive experience, book a Discovery Visit workshop led by one of the site experts at Housesteads Roman Fort. From just £100 per session for up to 30 pupils, these workshops offer quality learning experiences outside of the classroom:
• MEET A ROMAN SOLDIER (KS2-3): meet Roman Veteran Rufus Aelius Victor and discover what life was like for a Roman soldier stationed at Housesteads. Ask Rufus questions, dress in costume, train as a recruit in an auxiliary unit, explore the site and handle both real and replica Roman artefacts. £125 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours
• MURDER AT THE FORT: A ROMAN MURDER MYSTERY (KS2-3): become history detectives and solve a Roman murder mystery! Two skeletons have been found buried at the fort and you must piece together the clues to investigate the murder suspects. £100 per class, session lasts for 1½ hours

What size groups do you cater for?

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We accept groups of all sizes to the site, but there is a limit on the total site capacity, access is on a first come first served basis. If you would like to book one of our Discovery Visit workshops, these are limited to a maximum of 30 pupils per session.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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No

Is there first aid on site?

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Yes

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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Yes, for more information please visit

Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

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Yes - please confirm requirements for members of your group with additional needs when making your booking.


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