In the tranquillity of the Chesters landscape, imagine a bustling, noisy, smelly fort filled with 500 horses. Chesters is the best-preserved cavalry fort on the Wall, where visitors can see the actual cavalry barracks. Learn about how Roman cavalrymen lived side by side with their horses, including the management, feed, health and grooming. The exhibition at Chesters Roman Fort and Museum tells the story of the strong bond between cavalrymen and their horses. Inside the Clayton Museum, visitors will see a new display of a cavalry sword and hipposandals that were worn to protect the horses’ hooves. Wander around the unusually well-preserved baths and steam room and the officers' quarters to experience for yourself what life might have been like as one of Hadrian’s cavalrymen.
Not to be missed
From July 2017, visitors can see a specially commissioned piece of contemporary art celebrating the cavalry site at Chesters Roman Fort and Museum. This spectacular installation is inspired by the once crowded barracks and the power of the cavalry force. It will go on display in the grounds of the Roman site in July 2017 until September 2017.
Estimated visit time: 1 ½ hours