Escorted Rail Tours to Chesters Roman Fort
One of Roman Britain's largest forts
Chesters Roman Fort takes its current name from the nearby mansion of the same name. Its Roman name was Cilurnum, and it was the Sixth Fort in Hadrian's Wall. The fort was built in 123AD, just after the wall's completion, so as to guard the adjacent bridge that carried the wall over the River North Tyne. Spanning almost six acres, the fort was one of Roman Britain's largest. It was primarily a cavalry fort, and saw a lot of active use - it was known to have been garrisoned in both the 3rd and 4th centuries.