Chesters Roman Fort and Museum is situated
about 5 miles north of the town of Hexham,
next to the B6318 road, 23 miles west of
Newcastle, 36 miles east of Carlisle.
Chesters is one of the main forts built
during the construction of Hadrian’s Wall,
the wall being built from 122 AD - 128 AD.
Emperor Hadrian lived 76 AD - 138 AD.
A cavalry fort known as Cilurnum, was
added in about AD 124, with about 500
cavalrymen. The fort was fully occupied until
the Romans were gradually withdrawn from the
north of England around 383 AD. By 407 AD,
all the Romans had left Britain.
Excavations by the landowner at Chesters
House, next to the fort, between the 1840s
and 1890s, exposed the structures visible
today. These excavations led to one of the
top collections of stonework on Hadrian's
Much of the fort and all of the civilian
settlement, remain unexcavated.
The image below is of Chesters Visitor
Centre and car park.