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Segedunum Newcastle upon Tyne Reviews
Segedunum Roman Fort Oct 06, 2012
Segedunum is the remains of the Roman fort at Wallsend, the eastern end of Hadrians Wall, on the bank of the River Tyne. It is also part of the Hadrian's Wall UNESCO World Heritage site.
Open from the 1st April - 31st October, it is open 10am to 5pm weekdays and 11am - 4pm at weekends. From 1st Novemebr to 31st March it is only open on weekdays from 10am - 3pm, and is closed from 17/12 to 11/01.
We went by Metro, and it was just a few minutes walk from Wallsend Station, which is just 5 stops from Monument.Just head up to the main road from the station and you'll see a signpost for it. There is also a small free car park at the site.Only cost £4-95 entry fee, which I thought was OK.
We arrived just before 3pm, and were advised to start from the outside and work our way back. There is a reconstruction of what the wall would have looked like when it was built, and there is part of the original wall just across the road.
We headed for the Bath House, which is modelled as a mirror of the one at Chester. As you enter you come into the changing rooms. Here one of the attendants gave us two laminated cards. The first was a map of the baths lay out, and the second was a prompt for the Group Leader of A Tour. I elected myself group leader and read out all the information on the various rooms we went through.
The changing rooms are all set up with hanging togas, and tables set out with board games they would have played at the time, while at the baths.
Very much like a modern Turkish Baths, with hot room, hot steamy room and cold room as well as a couple of plunge pools.On the way out to the side of the changing rooms were the Roman toilets, which seemed quite amusing, though not for the slaves whose job it was to clean them all the time.
Just outside the Bath House there is a small herb garden, planted with what would have been grown at the time.
The remains are basically just the foundations of the fort,, having been built over in the 1920's with terraced houses. Now excaveted you can see how the fort was set up, and you can get a better perspective of it from up in the viewing gallery inside.
We headed into the exhibition area, and at the start is a short video presentation on the area dating from Roman times. Split into various sections like construction, medicine, military and leisure. Lots of artefacts the were excavted at the site, and a dressing up box in the leisure section :D .
At the back of the exhibition is a small cinema, with a rolling tape with actors portraying the lives of those who would have inhabited the fort.
Upstairs is a section on shipbuilding in the area, an educational area and the viewing gallery.
All in all an hour well spent, could maybe string it out to a wee bit longer.
Part of the Geordie Shores - Newcastle Oct 2012 travel blog
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