On this 1 acre site can be seen the excavated remains of part of a large Roman fort, built around AD80 and continuing in use for about 350 years. On display is a superb bath house with system providing under-floor heating and part of Dere Street, the Roman A1.
A small town developed around the fort where the soldiers' families lived.
Parts of the site were excavated in the 1870s and again in the 1930s. 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.
Excavations can be visited from June to August.
For details of re-enactment events please visit the website or telephone. Re-enactment events may be subject to an additional charge.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£3.00 per ticket type|
|Child (5-16)||£1.50 per ticket type|
|Concession||£2.00 per ticket type|
Under 4's free.
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good26
- Judith FBrantham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyNeeds updated displaysMonday, 17th July 2017Visited July 2017. I've not been back for at least 30 years (since school trips) as I grew up in the Bishop Auckland area and moved away. I think the place needs 'sexing up a bit' as this is one of... Read full review
- Janice HAshington, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesVisit to Roman fortFriday, 14th July 2017The Roman fort visitor centre although small had leaflets and items to purchase. The warden was extremely helpful and gave us a talk, information and a map to follow. Very interesting if you like... Read full review
- Michelle MTrip Type:FamilyInterestingTuesday, 11th July 2017My family and i had a lovely afternoon here Reasonable admission prices Very friendly and helpfull and informative staff my daughter was doing about romans at school and the staff were brilliant with... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Out of Hours Visits
|2017 (15 Apr 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||11:00||- 17:00|
|Bank Holiday||11:00||- 17:00|
* Open Easter Saturday to the end of Jun and 1-30 Sep, daily, 1100-1700 (last admission 1630); Jul-Aug, daily, 1000-1700, (last admission 1630).
October to Easter: closed.
Map & Directions
The fort is approximately 1.5 miles north of Bishop Auckland. It is signposted from the A690 Durham - Crook road, from the A688 Spennymoor - Bishop Auckland road and from Bishop Auckland Town Centre.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Bishop Auckland Station.