A trip to Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend with kids

We have our go-to places when it's raining in the North East and we fancy a day out - normally it will be the cinema, bowling, an afternoon in the pub or one of the museums in Newcastle such as the Hancock or Life Science Centre. Last bank holiday, we decided to try something a little different and visit Segedunum Roman Fort and it's now one of our top recommendations for what to do when it rains in North East England. 

 Heidi is learning about the Roman's at school so we thought it would tie in nicely. It's somewhere we've visited a good few times before but I think it had been around 5 years or so since our last visit (maybe even longer).

Segedunum is very easy to access via public transport. Wallsend metro station is next door and Wallsend bus station on your doorstep. There's also a free car park (post code NE28 6HR). The museum is open daily from 1 April - 30 September from 10am-5pm and admission is free for children under 16 and £5.95 for adults (concessions are £3.95). 

Our first stop was the ground floor of the museum where you'll find lots of artefacts, Roman facts, dress up costumes, props, interactive games and puzzles and more. There was a special crafting event on during the day of our visit and the children were able to make their own Roman helmets with the help of a very enthusiastic volunteer.

Don't they look smart!

We spotted the Mansio exhibition and remembered it from our visit to Hadrian's Wall by bus last year. If you get the chance, stop and listen to some of the stories that have been inspired by the wall.

Then we ventured upstairs to the Hadrian's Cavalry exhibition which explores the role of the Roman army at various sites across Hadrian's Wall this summer. We learned all about various manoeuvres the army would use and how horses were used in Roman times. 

Id you fancy stopping for a cuppa or a bite to eat, there's a very reasonably-priced cafe on site with seats overlooking the fort.

We made the mistake of climbing the stairs up the viewing tower rather than taking the lift. All 10 flights! Our climb was worth it though and the views across the fort, Swan Hunters and the Tyne are superb. There's a short video playing in front of you which shows you how the fort has changed over the years and Harry enjoyed pointing out various parts of the fort below to his brother and sister.

We climbed back down the stairs (a lot easier than the way up) and despite the drizzle decided to have a quick wander around the fort too.  There is a bath house on site which is worth a visit but it's closed at the moment. There are helpful signs around the fort describing various rooms and areas.

A new addition to Segedunum since our last visit (which granted was a while ago) is the herb garden and play area. A small play park, beautiful flowers and picnic tables. A lovely place for a picnic in the finer weather I think.

We spent around 2 hours at Segedunum - just a flying visit this time. We easily could have spent longer though. It cost just £5.95 for myself and the three children which was an absolute bargain and definitely worth the money. 

Let me know if you've visited Segedunum before.



  1. What a great review Sam-the kids looks great in their helmets! We are always on the hunt for rainy day options and it's such good value when the kids are free. Can't believe we haven't been before!

  2. I love Segedenum, its just down the road. The last time we went was for a time and tide event, a Roman fair. I do want to see the Hadrians Cavalry exhibit though

  3. My little boy is just learning about the Victorians but he will be doing the Romans next year. Perfect place for us to visit over the summer holidays. He loves watching Horrible Histories so anything like this at the moment is fab for us x

  4. I have never visited Segedunum before and I used to work right next to it. x


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