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 Good27
- CML7Durham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesGreat local history showing Roman occupation.Thursday, 5th October 2017This has got to be one of the best preserved bath houses in the UK. You can really see how the Roman under floor system worked. Main area is covered over so a rainy day visit is OK. Well worth the... Read full review
- 869dougwTrip Type:FamilySupposedly the best preserved but closed for the winterTuesday, 3rd October 2017If this site is so important why does it close down for half of the year. Closed from October to April but not indicated anywhere. Teens really disappointed as come across half the globe to see... Read full review
- John TPeterborough, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWork in ProgressWednesday, 27th September 2017Stopped off for a vist to this site as a curiousity. It was very interesting but quiet as it was late in the day nobody seemed to be about. It was a reasonable price of £2 for an OAP. 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.