Binchester Roman Fort

Binchester Roman Fort
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Binchester Fort was built during the 1st century A.D to protect the point where Dere Street (an important road that ran from York to Scotland)crossed the River Wear. There were as many as 1,000 soldier here at a time. A small town developed around the fort where soldier's families lived. Parts of the site were excavated in the 1870s and again in the 1930s. The main excavation was between 1976 and 1981 when the commandant’s house and bath were examined and opened to the public.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Archaeological site

Opening hours

Easter to end of June and all of September - 11:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm)
July and August only - 10:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm)
October - Easter - closed
Groups and school parties may be accommodated outside these dates by prior arrangement.

Admission charges

Please check before visiting.

By AD 500 much of the fort had been demolished and at some time during the Middle Ages a large area overlooking the River Wear was destroyed by a landslide. Today only the excavated buildings and the earthwork remains of the northern ramparts survive above ground. However, visitors can still explore the 1,700 year old under floor heating of the bath house and search for the beast of Binchester.

Collection details

Archaeology

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Binchester Roman festival

  • 25 — 26 July 2015 11am-4:30pm

This two-day even will feature a tented encampment of artisans and craftspeople, mock combat between Roman and barbarian forces, displays of archery, slingstaffs and firing of a full-scale replica of the Roman artillery catapult known as the ballista. There will also be displays of fighting skills on horseback by Barbaratus the Roman cavalryman. In addition, there will be guided tours of the new excavations, now in their final season, which have revealed Roman buildings in a marvellous state of preservation.

Admission

Adults - £5.00, concessions - £4.00, children - £3.00 (under 4 free).

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1829

Binchester Roman Fort
Bishop Auckland
Durham
DL14 8DJ
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.durham.gov.uk/binchester

E-mail

archaeology@durham.gov.uk

Telephone

01388 663089

During Closed Period

0191 370 8712

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.
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