Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort
Baring Street, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2BB

Arbeia, South Shields Roman Fort

Arbeia, South Shields' Roman Fort has stunning full-scale reconstructions of original buildings including the commander’s house, a barrack block and a West Gate providing a unique and inspiring insight into Roman military life. The Roman fort at Arbeia once guarded the entrance to the river Tyne and served as a supply centre, receiving goods from across the North Sea and along the east coast to supply the thousands of Roman troops stationed along Hadrian’s Wall.

The foundations of granaries, barracks and the headquarters building can be clearly made out and the site museum houses a fine collection of objects found during the on-going programme of excavations at the site.

Part of the garrison at one time was a squadron of specialist boatmen from the banks of the river Tigris in what is now Iraq.  A squadron of Spanish cavalry was also stationed here. Finds from the site illustrate the cosmopolitan nature of its changing population.  Regina was a British woman from Kent who was first a slave then a freedwoman and wife of Barates, a merchant from Palmyra in modern Syria. Victor was also a former slave, this time a north African, freed by Numerianus, a trooper in a regiment of Spanish cavalry.

Free roadside parking is available. The site is managed by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums on behalf of South Tyneside Council.

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Guide Dogs Permitted
Dogs Accepted
Disabled Accessibility
Accepts major credit and debit cards
Guided Tours Available for Groups
Educational Visits Accepted
Wi-fi available
Road directions: 
Arbeia, South Shields' Roman Fort is situated on Baring Street, in South Shields. There is a free car park and coach parking nearby.
Public transport: 

Arbeia Roman Fort is a ten minute walk from South Shields Metro and Bus Station. The Fort is signposted from Ocean Road.

Inside the reconstructed Commanding Officer's house at Arbeia
Young visitor in the Set in Stone Gallery in the museum
The Regina Headstone at Arbeia, one of the UK's most important objects from Roman Britain
A family explore Arbeia
Trying archery at the Arbeia Festival 2018
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