Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum (Tyne & Wear Museums)
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum
Tyne and Wear
0191 236 9347
0191 295 5858
In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North. Segedunum, which means strong Fort, stood at the eastern end of Hadrian’s Wall and was home to 600 Roman soldiers.
Today, Segedunum is the most excavated Fort along the Wall and features a large interactive museum and a 35 metre high viewing tower.
Heritage site, Archaeological site, Museum
1 April to 31 October: Monday to Sunday 10.00-17.00
1 November to 31 March: Monday to Sunday 10.00-15.00
Closed: 25 & 26 December and 1 January
Children (16 & under): Free
Adults Season Ticket: £8.50
Guided Tour/Birthday Party: £30
School Workshop: £25
The Roman collections at Segedunum relate to the more recent excavations of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and are constantly being augmented by fresh archaeological fieldwork in the Wallsend area. Their particular significance lies in the fact that they represent a comparatively comprehensive span of both the 300 year occupation of the site, and of the assorted structures within it. Several items deserve particular mention, including the only stone toilet seat from Roman Britain, and a collection of rounded stones, defensive missiles for the Fort. The Industry Gallery has artefacts associated with local coalmining, including a series of safety lamps, and shipbuilding. The shipbuilding displays include several ship models such as the Carpathia, and a champagne launcher from Swan Hunter shipyard.