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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Chesters Roman Fort, Museum and Tearoom - Hadrian's Wall


 

  Now that we are a family of five, our days of bank holidays being spent in our local pub with friends are long gone. These days, I use this extra day off school to plan a day trip somewhere. Harry is currently studying Roman's at school so we decided to use the first May bank holiday to visit Chesters Roman Fort. We have visited here in the past and with news that they had just opened up a brand new tearoom it was an obvious choice.

Hadrian's wall map at Chesters Roman Fort


A Tearoom on Hadrian's Wall

We started out day with lunch at the new tearoom which is located next to the entrance. There are a handful of tables indoors and lots of seating outside with glorious countryside views. It wasn't too cold so we decided to brave sitting outside.

Chesters Roman Fort Tearoom on Hadrian's wall

Chesters Roman Fort Tearoom on Hadrian's wall

Chesters Roman Fort Tearoom on Hadrian's wall

Chesters Roman Fort Tearoom on Hadrian's wall

Chesters Roman Fort Tearoom on Hadrian's wall

We arrived at 12noon and discovered that the menu is fairly limited - I asked about children's sandwiches but were told they just had what was on the board. My children are fairly picky and wouldn't really eat ham and pease pudding with salad or the other options on there. You are missing a trick Chester's - I'm sure children's packed lunch boxes with a plain ham/cheese/jam sandwich, a piece of fruit, a small piece of cake and a juice would sell well. Anyway, the children decided on homemade soup that was advertised but we were told it wasn't ready so they ended up with their third choice of a scone, cake and juice which they still enjoyed. It does say on the Chester's Tearoom website that a children's menu is available so hopefully this is in the pipeline.

I ordered a bacon sandwich made with local bacon which was fantastic and Steve ordered a sandwich which was freshly prepared and equally as delicious. They also serve our lemonade of choice, fentiman's. The highlight of our lunch was most definitely the homemade cake - huge slices of rich, crumbly yet moist cake was like some sort of heaven. When we re-visit later in the year I will take our own sandwiches for the children but we will definitely be sampling some more cake. I would highly recommend the Victoria Sponge! Our lunch for 5 was less than £20 so a real bargain too.

Hadrian's Wall Museum

Hadrians Wall museum at Chesters Roman Fort

Hadrians Wall museum at Chesters Roman Fort

Hadrians Wall museum at Chesters Roman Fort

Chesters Roman Fort is home to a collection of almost 11,000 finds from forts and milecastles along Hadrian's Wall. The museum is small but they pack a lot in and there are interesting books and information sheets to read if you'd like to further your knowledge. Entry to the museum is included in admission (or free if you are an English Heritage member).

Roman Cavalry Fort

Roman Cavalry Fort at Chesters on Hadrians Wall

Roman Cavalry Fort at Chesters on Hadrians Wall

Roman Cavalry Fort at Chesters on Hadrians Wall

Roman Cavalry Fort at Chesters on Hadrians Wall

The Roman forts are full of places to explore and pretend you are a Roman yourself. There are lots of well-placed information signs too which really help you visualise how the forts once may have looked.

Bathhouse and River Views


Roman bathhouse at Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall

Roman bathhouse at Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall

Roman bathhouse at Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall

Roman bathhouse at Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall

Roman bathhouse at Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall

Roman bathhouse at Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall

The Bathhouse is probably our favourite part of Chesters - our children find it highly amusing looking at Roman toilets and learning about communal saunas and changing rooms. This area is right next to the river and you really have to spend a few minutes taking in the glorious view.

Special Events

Roman Falconry on Hadrians Wall

Roman Falconry on Hadrians Wall

Roman Falconry on Hadrians Wall

Roman Falconry on Hadrians Wall

Roman Falconry on Hadrians Wall

Special events at Chester's (or any English Heritage properties for that matter) are always absolutely superb (read about Roman Soldier week last year here). We visited during a Roman falconry day and watched some magnificent flying displays as well as learning how the Roman's used these fantastic birds to their advantage.

Check out these future events which are usually included in admission or charged at an extra £1 per activity:-

Saturday 23rd - 31st May, 11am-5pm - How to be a Roman Soldier

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June, 11am-5pm -  Dad's Roman Army

Saturday 25th July - 7th August, 11am-5pm - Archaeology Detectives

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August, 11am-5pm - Romans & Gladiators


Chesters Roman Fort, Hadrians Wall - A review

We enjoyed a wonderful trip to Chesters Roman Fort and would recommend it to anyone. It is wonderful having all of this heritage right on our doorstep. I can't wait to re-visit in August for Gladiators & Romans.

Please check the English Heritage Website for prices and opening times and visit them on facebook to keep up to date with news and events. 

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10 comments

  1. I love the sound of the activities - great that it's all themed to fit as well.

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  2. This sounds great and some fab activities, what a shame about kids lunches though! Fentimens is out favourite too it's so yummy

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  3. Sounds fab! Reminds me that I STILL haven't taken my three to the Roman wall yet and haven't heard of Chester's Fort so I may give this a go too! One to save for the summer (but I'll bring a picnic) ;) xx

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  4. what a great look interesting and educational place to take the little ones , even just for cake x

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  5. I didn't know there was a museum but it looks so good to visit, as well as the tearoom! I will have to look into it a bit more :)

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  6. I feel a bit appalled with myself- Mr. E is a history graduate and I've not yet taken him to enjoy some of these fantastic places we're so lucky to have in the area. Looks like a lovely day out. :)

    Eats x

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  7. I always get very envious when I see posts about Hadrian's Wall. We wanted to visit last time we were in the North East, but hadn't realised how far away we were staying. Should have gone on way up - a lesson for next time.

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  8. I went to Chesters a long time ago, will have to go back. It looks like there is much more to see now. Thanks for linking to #outandabout

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  9. This looks like a lovely day out Sam. We were looking at visiting Hadrians Wall but there are so many different bits, so we weren't sure which bit to go to. This looks like it is in a lovely setting though, and lots of fun for the kids.

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  10. A brilliant day out! We have some Roman villas' ruins in the vicinity. I'd love to see the Chester Roman fort one day, it looks such a fab place.

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I always love reading your thoughts and comments - Sam x

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