Birdoswald Roman Fort - English Heritage

Visitors explore the ruins at Birdoswald Roman Fort
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Birdoswald Roman Fort stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archaeological site

Opening hours

1 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
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 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 15 February 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

16 February - 20 February 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

21 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £5.60
Child (5-15 years) £3.40
Concession £5.00


  • English Heritage

Collection details


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Hadrians Wall Live! - The Big Roman Soldier Event

  • 5 — 6 September 2015 11am-5pm

English Heritage is excited to present an exclusive event for a UK audience. Visitors to Birdoswald Roman Fort during Hadrian’s Wall Live will meet Legio I Italica, the 80 strong Imperial Roman Army, all the way from Italy.

During our Hadrian’s Wall Live blockbuster event, witness the colourful and well-armed Roman soldiers as they practice their combat skills, battle tactics and artillery firepower that made the Roman army a formidable fighting force.

Then, prepare to get goose bumps as 80 legionaries take on 50 barbarians in a battle like you've never seen before.

During the day you can also see the life of the Roman Soldier and Barbarians in the living history camp on site.

The Italian Barbarians come from various Italian re-enactment groups: Touta Taurini, Clanraca, Sippe Ulfson and Popolo di Brig.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Member (Adult) 5.00
Member (Child) 3.00
Member (Concession) 4.50
Member (Family) 13.00
Adult 9.00
Child, 5-15 years 5.40
Concession 8.10
Family 23.40

This is an EARLY BIRD ticket price so purchase now before 1 August. This ticket will only entitle you to entrance to 'The Big Roman Soldier Event'. If you would like to visit all the events throughout the weekend please purchase a Hadrian’s Wall Live Weekend Pass. Please note that Corporate or Art Fund members are not entitled to free or reduced price entry during this event. Ticket includes entry to the event, site and museuem. Family tickets include 2 adults and 3 children.


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Crafty Romans Discovery Visit

Make your own piece of Rome to take home and/or come face to face with a Roman soldier in full uniform!Explore Roman life through a guided tour of the site, handle objects and meet a soldier to learn and ask questions about life in the Roman Army. Three different activity sessions are also available. Making replicas of Roman helmets involves discussion about uniform, armour and weapons; jewellery-making explores dress and wealth; and mosaic-making focuses on homes and style.
Duartion: 1 hour
Key Stage: 1, 2, History, Literacy, Art

How to obtain

Call 01697 747602 to arrange a 1 hour session. Price £3 per participant for 'meet the Roman soldier' sessions and £60 per group of up to 30 pupils for Art and Craft sessions until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit for more information.

Birdoswald Roman Fort - English Heritage



Customer Services


016977 47602


01697 747605

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.