Inside reconstruction at Arbeia Roman Site

This morning, I collected guest from Newcastle airport and then embarked on Day 1 of a tour of Hadrian’s Wall as follows:

First to Wallsend to visit Segedunum Roman Fort. this was at the eastern end of the Wall. Here there is a very well presented visitor centre with museum and a tower which affords an aerial view of the site. The actual site is accessible and comprises:

  • H.Q. Building
  • Commanding Officer’s House
  • Granary
  • Hospital
  • Barracks
  • Section of Wall.

The reconstructed bath house was not open due to repairs and maintenance.

Roman Bath House on bank of Riiver Tyne at Segedunum

Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, England

Aerial view of Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend

Next, we drove further east to the fort known as Arbeia at South Shields.The archaeology now evident relates to a post Hadrianic fort built between AD 161-80 and subsequently converted into a supply base.Here can be viewed:

  • Reconstructed West Gate
  • Defences
  • H.Q. Building
  • Granaries
  • Replica Barrack
  • Replica Courtyard House

Arbeia Roman Site, South Shields, England

Arbeia Roman Site, South Shields, England

Arbeia Roman Site, England

Arbeia Roman Site, England

Arbeia Roman Site, England

Video clip of Arbeia site

Next, we drove west towards Heddon-on-the-Wall stopping en-route for photographs of North Shields and the River Tyne.

North Shields River Scene, England

At Heddon we were able to view the longest visible stretch of broad wall (Hadrian’s Wall) which is 2.9 metres thick.

Hadrian’s Wall at Heddon-on-the-Wall

Finally, we checked into our lodgings near Heddon. Tomorrow we continue west to Corbridge and other sites.

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