Binchester Roman Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Bath house hypocaust
The first occupation was likely between 69-75 AD, and there was a continuing Roman presence until at least the late 4th century or early 5th century. The site chosen was close to the River Wear, beside the road known as Dere Street, extending from York to Corbridge. Initially Binchester was a cavalry post.
Excavations have revealed a ballista platform in the south east of the site. This dates to 260-320 AD. The ballista was a form of heavy missile launcher, not too dissimilar in shape to a medieval trebuchet. Think of it as Roman heavy artillery, so to have one beside the fort wall suggests that the soldiers felt a little uneasy for their safety.
- Bath house with hypocaust heating system
- Commander's House
The fort is operated by Durham Council and is open from Easter through September. An admission charge is payable, and group bookings can be made.
Address: Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England, DL14 8DJ
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: Immediately north of Bishop Auckland, on the east bank of the Wear, following Wear Chare and Dial Stobb Hill roads. On-site parking. Signposted from the A690, A688 and from the town centre. A 20-minute walk from Bishop Auckland market place,
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Auckland Castle - 0.8 miles (Castle)
Escomb Saxon Church - 1.4 miles (Historic Church)
Brancepeth Castle - 4.1 miles (Castle)
Raby Castle - 7.8 miles (Castle)
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre - 7.9 miles (Museum)
Durham Cathedral - 7.9 miles (Cathedral)
Durham Castle - 7.9 miles (Castle)
Durham Town Hall - 8 miles (Historic Building)
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