Hadrian's Wall Country
Arbeia Roman Fort

Arbeia Roman Fort

This Roman Fort was originally constructed around AD160 to guard the entrance to the River Tyne and was then used to store supplies for the 17 other forts along Hadrian's Wall. Located four miles east of the Wall's Eastern End in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, the Arbeia Roman Fort is sadly no longer standing but in 1986 the West Gate of the Fort was reconstructed in order to give visitors an idea of how impressive it once was. The Commanding Officer's House and the Barrack Block have also been re-built on the grounds of their originals. These reconstructions now form part of the Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, which has been built on the site of the former Fort.

The museum houses excavated remains of the Fort and allows visitors to see what life was once like for a Roman soldier housed there.  To this day, excavations continue at the site and Arbeia is the only Fort in Hadrian's Wall Country where the public can see archaeologists at work.