Once one of the largest Roman military installations in northern Britain, Binchester Fort boasts two incredibly well-preserved bathhouses from its time as a home for Roman auxiliary cavalry.
One bath lies inside the fort and has one of the most intact hypocaust, or underfloor, heating systems in Britain.
The second bath lies outside the fort and is even better preserved, with walls still standing to a height of more than six feet above Roman floor level.
Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers through the remains of the commanding officer's house and learn about the importance of Roman bathhouses – and maybe even spot the infamous Beast of Binchester among the ruins.
Facilities and Restrictions
There is ample parking space for cars and coaches beside the visitor centre. The majority of the site is fully accessible and the reception building has also been replaced recently by a more modern structure incorporating a shop selling souvenirs and a range of publications and modest refreshment facilities. The site has portaloo toilets. Please note that only assistance dogs are allowed on site.
Group visits and guided tours must be booked in advance (guided tours out of normal opening season are possible by prior arrangement)
Contact details: tel: 01388 663089. Out of season: 03000 267013.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|4 years and under free||Free|
|Adult||£5.00 per ticket type|
|Child||£3.00 per ticket type|
|Concession||£4.00 per ticket type|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good45
- mystic100Norwich, EnglandTrip Type:CouplesWhy hadn’t we heard of this place!Saturday, 2nd October 2021One of the largest and most complete Roman Fort sites in the UK that was extremely interesting thanks to the knowledge and enthusiasm of the site staff. Why it remains so unknown is a shame. Read full review
- CommlfInformativeSaturday, 16th April 2022Very interesting with informative talk. Pleasant area to wander around a t leisure. Great excavations Read full review
- SoozeCountyDurhamCounty Durham, United KingdomAmazing history which is of interest to all ages. A fascinating insight into Roman life and how well organisedWednesday, 4th May 2022An opportunity to see how the Romans lived their lives and how too such a high standard with baths and underfloor heating. The level of skill is so impressive and being able to see how the interior... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Out of Hours Visits
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
|2022 (1 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 16:00|
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.