Chesters Roman Fort has spectacular Roman artefacts on show

Chesters Roman Fort is home to a fascinating collection of Roman artefacts discovered in Victorian times. It is the most complete Roman cavalry fort in Britain.

Here you can discover an amazing collection of Roman objects and inscriptions in the Clayton Museum, re-launched in 2016. Next door, you can explore the magnificent ruins of the bathhouse and underground storehouse used by the Roman soldiers.


In the early 19th century Nathaniel Clayton, owner of Chesters House and Estate, moved hundreds of tons of earth to cover over the remains of the fort as part of parkland landscaping.

It created a smooth uninterrupted grassland slope down to the River Tyne, but he collected, before they disappeared, a number of Roman artefacts, which he kept in the family.

A view of some of the remains of Chesters Roman Fort

His son, John, a noted antiquarian, removed all his father’s work, exposing the fort, excavating, and establishing a small museum for his finds. John Clayton also made excavations at Housesteads Fort, Brocolitia Roman Temple, and Carvoran, among others.


Getting there

By car

From the A1, follow the A69 to A6079 in Acomb and continue on that road to the museum.

By bus

The Hadrian’s Wall Bus takes you to the fort.

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