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: Cavalry 360°
Imagine yourself, a battle-weary Pict awaiting your fact at the hands of the ruthlessly disciplined Roman Cavalry, and then you hear the sound of 2,00 hooves...
Brand new art installation at Chesters Roman Fort creates a unique way to experience Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition. Cavalry 360° designed and built by NEON, is the first 'sound' installation for English Heritage and evokes the thundering sound of 500 cavalry horses who were once stationed at Chesters Roman Fort in the 2nd century. This spectacular installation is inspired by the once crowded barracks and the power of the cavalry force. It will be on display in the grounds of the Roman site from July 2017 until November 2017.
Read more about this unique art installation here.
Estimated visit time: 1 ½ hours