Wallsend Roman Fort(Segeduno)

Picture of South Shields Fort

Grid Reference: NZ294657.

Run by: Tyne and Wear museums.

Opening: To 31 March 2014: Monday to Friday closed on Saturdays and Sundays
From 1 April to 2 November 2014: Daily
From 2 November 2014: Daily

Public Transport: Wallsend metro is 5 minutes walk from the site.

Car Park: Free Car park

Facilities: Toilets, Gift Shop, Museum, Cafe

Segedunum is the eastern-most fort on Hadrian's Wall, standing on the northern shore of the Tyne estuary. It would have been garrisoned by a cohors quingenaria equitata, a five hundred strong mixed part mounted unit.

The centrepiece of this site is a 100 foot high viewing platform which offers brilliant views of not only the site but also the river Tyne and its ship building yards. This would probably be worth visiting for the observation tower alone. Unlike other Roman sites the museum tells the story of both the Roman era and the ship building past of Newcastle.

The site has reconstruction's of the forts Roman bath, these are based on the Baths at Chester. The reconstruction features toilets , wall paintings paintings and the cold, warm and hot rooms. As with Tyne and Wear other site at South Shields the reconstructions are first rate and help to bring the past to life. They are based on archaelogical finds at this and other Roman forts.

A section of the wall up to 8 courses high is just across the road from the fort, along with a short reconstructed section of the wall which gives an impression of how high the wall would actually have stood.

This is also the start (or end) of the Hadrians Wall path.