Binchester Roman Fort

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Bishop Auckland
DL14 8DJ

  • Phone: 01388 663089
  • During Closed Period: 0191 370 8712

Binchester Fort was built during the 1st century A.D to protect the point where Dere Street (an important road that ran from York to Scotland)crossed the River Wear. There were as many as 1,000 soldier here at a time. A small town developed around the fort where soldier's families lived. Parts of the site were excavated in the 1870s and again in the 1930s. The main excavation was between 1976 and 1981 when the commandant’s house and bath were examined and opened to the public.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Easter to end of June and all of September - 11:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm) July and August only - 10:00am - 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm) October - Easter - closed Groups and school parties may be accommodated outside these dates by prior arrangement.


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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools

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