Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort is closed for the winter season, except for school parties and groups. They re-open 1 April 2021.
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Please note Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort is now closed for the season (except for pre-booked groups). They re-open on 1 April 2021.
New: Revolting Britons & Ruling Romans
What was it really like to live in South Shields under Roman occupation?
Head to Arbeia and hear stories of the grim, the gruesome and the glorious with new family based activities and exhibits.
Just a five minute walk from South Shields Seafront is Arbeia Roman Fort, the most extensively excavated Roman military supply base in the Empire.
Built in AD160, this important site would have stood guard at the mouth of the River Tyne controlling the main port of entry to the Roman Empire in Britain. Originally built to house a garrison, Arbeia soon became an important military supply base for the 17 forts along the length of the mighty Hadrian's Wall.
Today, Arbeia is a fascinating place to visit and is a great insight into what life was like in Roman Britain. It combines the excavated remains of the original fort with excellent reconstructions of buildings.
Arbeia received the bronze award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards in March 2020.
History comes to life
In fact, it is one of only a few places in the country where you can see brought-to-life Roman buildings. Climb the reconstructed West Gate, find out how the soldiers lived in their barracks and explore the much more luxurious home of the Commander.
Some of the impressive finds that have been found along Hadrian's Wall can be viewed in Arbeia's museum and with regular excavations taking place who knows what you may witness yourself!
And a must for the kids is Arbeia's Time Quest attraction, where they can dig for nearly-real finds and learn how archaeologists unravel the mysteries of the past.
Throughout the summer Arbeia plays host to some fantastic events with Roman re-enactments, live music and activities guaranteed to entertain children and adults of all ages. For more information see what's on in South Tyneside.
There's no need to leave your dog at home, as dogs are now allowed on to the site.
Did you know?
The Roman soldiers who were once based at the fort were mainly from Arabic countries hence the name Arbeia, the place of the Arabs.
Climb the reconstructed West Gate for a bird's eye view over the site
See authentic furniture and frescoes in the Commander's Villa
Marvel at some of the fascinating discoveries in the museum
Arbeia is now closed until 1 April 2021, except for pre-booked school parties and groups.
Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
Free car and coach parking nearby
Facilities for deaf people and hard of hearing
Large print and Braille leaflets
Tactile interpretation points
Guide dogs welcome
Unfortunately, given the nature of the site, Arbeia is not fully accessible. For more details please visit Arbeia Roman Fort.
Location and contact details
Tyne and Wear NE33 2BB