The remains of a third-century Roman temple

Brocolitia; the Temple of Mithras is a fascinating temple dedicated to the god beloved by Roman soldiers. It was the largest of such buildings to occupy the site and, like many Mithraic temples, it was situated near a military base.

There are also a few remains of a sacred well dedicated to the Celtic water goddess Coventina.

The Roman name of Brocolitia was probably based on the original Celtic name for the area meaning ‘Badger Holes’. We have provided a helpful information panel that relates the history and details of the Brocolitia Temple of Mithras to visitors.

The altars in the Temple of Mithras are replicas. The original altars are in a full sized reconstruction of the interior of the Carrawburgh Mithraeum on display at The Great North Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A large number of the altars and votive offerings to the shrine to Coventina are on display at the nearby Chesters Roman Fort. Also, there is a dedicatory altar to the Temple of Nymphs from Brocolitia there too.

Getting there

By car

From the A1, follow the A69, then A6097 to the B6138 and then follow that to Brocolitia Roman Temple.

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