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Address: Castle Nook Farm | Kirkhaugh, Alston CA9 3BG, England
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The best preserved roman fort in the Roman Empire (Stewart Ainsworth,...

The best preserved roman fort in the Roman Empire (Stewart Ainsworth, 2009)

Set in huge North Pennines, circa 15 miles from Hadrians Wall, Epiacum is on "open access" land and has been untouched by intrusive archaeology.

We have plans to develop full visitor facilities and interpretation in the near future and massive support for this vision.

We organise events , details on the website.

                   

                   

                   

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Interesting site on the Pennine Way

My family were enjoying a walk on the Pennine Way when we came across the Epiacum site which is a stones throw from the path. The site consists of fortified terracing and, with a... read more

Reviewed 27 March 2017
Kirky99
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

An interesting location with informative and relevant information dotted around, helping the visitor to imagine life in a Roman hilltop fort.

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Thank Sharon C
Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

Thanks! It's good to see that our developing efforts to help people engage with the site are working! Glad you enjoyed your visit and we hope that if you visit again you will be able to find out more about the site ( as we are !) More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

My family were enjoying a walk on the Pennine Way when we came across the Epiacum site which is a stones throw from the path. The site consists of fortified terracing and, with a bit of imagination, it is easy to picture how the site looked in Roman times. There is a small car park adjacent to the site which... More 

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Thank Kirky99
Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

So many people in the past walked the PENNINE way and walked right past Epiacum. Great to know the site is now an interesting landmark along the way! More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Just superb. Go there and see. I've lived in the area for 20 odd years and have only just discovered it as it was kept hidden for so long.

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Thank F S
Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

Hope you will visit again as the site develops! We hope to help people understand it better! More 

Gateshead
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We found out about Epiacum from the South Tynedale Railway and the signage from there says it's a 15 minute gentle stroll. All 3 adults who did the walk were fairly fit and in their early 30s and half an hour and a lot of mud later we had only just got to within sight of the fort! So I'd... More 

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Thank Catheeeee
Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

I believe the south Tyne railway are redoing their interpretataion panels and the information will be updated. But yes,bring the car and walk from the car park! Sometimes the sun shines up here and when it does it's a stunning place to be! More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Very obvious by shiny new signs , fencing and car park I formation board that much is being done to promote this archaeological gem. Walked from South Tynedale Railway on reasonably well signed route although when you approach the farm an additional sign would help. Going s tad flagged. Boots at anytime of year a must. I frankly doubt if... More 

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Thank CliffordArchaeology
Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

So good to read your constructive comments! As I am sure you can tell, we are on a journey and hopefully improving interpretation as funds allow! Until May 2016, access was pretty invisible! The car park and signage have made a huge difference - but much remains to be done. I am not sure from your comments whether you followed... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Drove there, roads had signposts so ok to follow. Car park clearly marked and had a trunk of shields and swords for the children so they fought their way up to the fort and back down again. It was a bit muddy but nothing a good pair of walking boots can't handle. Fort itself has markers to help you identify... More 

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1 Thank Cadet B
York, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

The aerial photo is the best bit - not much to see on the ground and perhaps not worth the trek across the fields to get to the site!

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1 Thank mad4rossi
Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to leave some feedback We are sorry that you were disappointed. At present it is difficult to assist visitors to fully understand what wonderful heritage is beneath their feet! The walk up the hill is a bit steep..... But typical of the north Pennine landscape that propel generally expect when they visit the area. We... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Epiacum is a rare treat, everywhere you look there are traces of the lives lived in this amazing landscape for thousands of years. You just need to know what you're looking at and you can begin to slot the puzzle together. The new walk leaflet and trail is a great start, with a circular route around the site and views... More 

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1 Thank PenninePost
Leeds, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Made the walk here from Alston on the Pennine way. Thankfully had a map on the phone with a description of the route as some of it is not that well sign posted. Definitely need wellies as was almost knee deep in mud at points. Also the path is all through farmland so dogs need to stay on leads (not... More 

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Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

Glad you visited but sorry that you found it so muddy as a result of one of the wettest Cumbrian winters ever! Unfortunately we can't do much about that! And since the site is in a working farm then dogs on leads is a mandatory issue! You will be pleased to know that from the end of May we will... More 

Cumbria, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2016

on a fine day a bit of imagination puts you back in roman Britain. ok, a lot of imagination. not a lot to see as excavation has been blocked. smart minded local archaeologists have been using moles and there burrowings to 'excavate'. a lot more work should be done here, this was one of the most important of the border... More 

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Thank helen h
Elaine E, Owner at Epiacum Roman Fort, responded to this review

We may never get permission to excavate in a big way but we do want people to use their imagination A new car park, trail leaflet and interpretation panel ( due at the end of May 2016) will hopefully help visitors to engage and explore! Our recent to coverage has brought visitors a little prematurely! We are pleased to have... More 

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