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, please see pricing section.
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.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£5.00 per ticket type|
|Child||£3.00 per ticket type|
|Concession||£4.00 per ticket type|
Under 4's free. *Please note* Event days: Adults £7.00, Concessions - £6.00, Children - £5.00.
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good30
- paulyfbBishop Auckland, United KingdomOohSunday, 4th February 2018Don’t be fooled by the title, what you can see is actually a Roman villa and bath house, and hypocaust. This is quite impressive, but the actual fort is over the fence on church land who don’t want... Read full review
- thedoc1308SedgefieldTrip Type:CouplesGreat Roman BathsMonday, 22nd January 2018Must see if in the area. Part of this site was exposed by time team. Good example of roman britain outskirts Read full review
- Rachel CDarlington, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayInteresting afternoonMonday, 22nd January 2018We visited Binchester as my husband is interested in all things Roman. We both found it very interesting despite it being quite a small attraction. Worth a visit but probably better when the weather... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Out of Hours Visits
|2018 (9 June 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)|
|Monday - Sunday||11:00||- 16:30|
|Bank Holiday||11:00||- 16:30|
* (open 9th June 2018) - See http://www.durham.gov.uk/binchester for updates.
Saturday April until Wednesday 31st October 11.00am – 4.30pm. July, August and September 10.00am – 4.30pm.
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.