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
- liz7772015Wolverhampton, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWOW!Monday, 11th September 2017i have visited Roman sites before and was not disappointed in what Binchester had to offer. The site is well laid out and accessible. The lady at the information kiosk was helpful and explained fully... Read full review
- walkleytravellerssheffieldTrip Type:CouplesHidden gem of Roman historyMonday, 11th September 2017If you like British Roman history, or just visiting the Kynren show, this is a hidden gem and must-see attraction. Tucked away about a mile from Bishop Auckland is this Roman fort that was once an... Read full review
- Michelle NDarlington, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyTucked away Roman FortSunday, 10th September 2017Visited on heritage day. Tucked away. Very well preserved. Bath house particularly impressive. Missed tour of new exervation as was at 2pm and arrived 2.10. 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.