Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum

Where Rome's great frontier begins. A Roman museum, reconstructed bathhouse, 35m viewing tower and great cafe & shop

In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the barbarians to the North.

The result was Hadrian's Wall, a 73 mile barrier stretching from the River Tyne in the east to the Solway Firth in the west. Segedunum, which means ‘Strong Fort’, was built to guard the eastern end of the Wall, and housed 600 Roman soldiers.  It stood for almost 300 years as a symbol of Roman rule and a bastion against barbarian attack.

Today, Segedunum is once again a major site on Hadrian's Wall. It is the most excavated fort along the Wall with surviving foundations of many buildings and part of the Wall itself.  There is a large interactive museum plus full-scale reconstructions of a bath house and a section of Wall.  The 35 metre high viewing tower provides outstanding views across this World Heritage Site.


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The Viewing Tower

Permanent exhibition

The centrepiece of Segedunum is a 35 metre high viewing tower, which gives stunning views of the excavated Fort and the surrounding area. Set against this dramatic backdrop, watch 2,000 years of...

The Roman Gallery

Permanent exhibition

Discover what life at the Fort was like for the soldiers who lived there and explore the methods that archaeologists have used to uncover Segedunum's secrets. The centre of the Roman gallery is...

Strong Place

Permanent exhibition

This new display reveals the unusual story of the landscape at Segedunum. Over nearly 2,000 years the site has been shaped by huge changes. Romans, coal mining and shipbuilding have all left their...

Hadrian's Wall Segedunum

Permanent exhibition

An 80-metre section of original remains of Hadrian's Wall, standing eight courses high in places, can also be seen to the west of Segedunum. A reconstructed section of the wall, which gives an...

Excavated Remains

Permanent exhibition

The remains at Segedunum represent one of the most completely excavated forts anywhere in the Roman Empire. The ground plan shows the Fort as it would have been laid out in AD 200. The walls and...

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