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 Good46
- Barbara RLowestoft, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWell worth a visitSunday, 27th August 2023Had a great time really interesting and educational. Demonstrations were great and amusing. Learnt a lot about the Romans and history in that part of the UK. Read full review
- J D PSomersetAn interesting and informative place.Tuesday, 19th September 2023I never knew that the Romans got as far north as the Firth of Forth, but a charming lady called Liz, gave us a short talk and dropped this fact in. A very well preserved site and a must if you are in... Read full review
- Siouxsie54Solihull, United KingdomVisit and you will be surprisedSaturday, 30th September 2023For £4 a head, we got a full tour. Maybe we were lucky with that as I'm not sure this happens all the time. But the guide book is very clear and instructive. It is well worth a visit and is... 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)
|2024 (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)|
|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.