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Visitors can once again discover what life was like in Roman times as a Binchester Roman Fort prepares to reopen. Located on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, the site will be open daily between 10am and 4.30pm between 1 July and 31 October, offering the chance to see two restored Roman baths and one of the most well-preserved Roman heating systems in the country.
In line with Government guidance and to ensure the safety of visitors and staff, a one-way system will be in place at the fort and visitors will be asked to keep two metres apart.
Face coverings must be worn in indoor areas of the centre and hand sanitiser will be available. There will be no organised events this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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 Good43
- MalvernBairdGreat Malvern, United KingdomNice history tasterMonday, 28th September 2020A fairly small site with just one corner one display but that corner does include a bathhouse and a portion of Dere Street (a continuation of Watling Street is Bishop Auckland). When I was there... Read full review
- james sInverness, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesExcellent historical siteFriday, 2nd July 2021Delighted to be the first visitors to Binchester in 2021. Fantastic historical interest of excavated Roman remains. Highly recommended. Read full review
- GillyPNorthEastCoastNorth East CoastBest Roman Baths in Britain, two sets!Friday, 16th July 2021Went from Bishop after visiting reopened Bishop's Palace to view the 11 arches from afar and found Binchester open. Extremely helpful guide, reduction in entry fee for EH members and wonderful... 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)
|2021 (1 July 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:30|
|Bank Holiday||10:00||- 16:30|
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.