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“Great historic attraction, shame about the car park”

Housesteads Fort and Museum - Hadrian's Wall
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Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We have visited Housesteads Fort before, but don't remember there being a £4 charge for the car park. As National Trust members we are used to free parking and this left a nasty taste, especially as we were there for only two hours.
The fort itself is superb, set as it is against a wild and barren landscape, enabling visitors to imagine what it must have been like during the Roman occupation. The signage is good and the visitor centre now has a film show, which is informative.
There was a rather over zealous assistant in the museum/shop trying to persuade everyone to buy a guide book, not realising that some people simply want to look around and interpret what they see in their own way.
The new toilets were welcome, but why isn't there a dedicated coffee shop area in place of a vending machine? It's not like the National Trust and English Heritage to miss the opportunity for a money-making tea shop!

Thank kittyginger
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Yet another Roman fort - but worth the trek up to see the views and experience a Roman fort. Worth visiting.

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Reviewed 5 July 2014

What are they thinking of building a brand new visitors' building with no proper toilets or a cafe? Portaloos and a vending machine really aren't good enough. £4 to park seems a little steep but not as steep as the climb to the fort which older visitors really struggled with. If you are walking the Wall trail you have to walk down the hill to the car park visitors centre and then back up to the fort and exhibition centre, this seems to be missing a trick when so many people get there on foot and therefore don't bother paying to do a full visit.

Thank WendyWAC
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Visited as NT member so did not pay entrance fee . There is a £4 car park charge even for NT and Englsh Heritage members but well worth it as the treck up to the museum and fort will not dissapoint. Views are stunning and the remains of the fort give a feel of what it would have been like.
Facilities clean and you can buy sandwhiches , hot and cold drinks and ice creams.

Thank HilaryYC
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This is apparently the best preserved Roman Fort anywhere. It is a really large site and you can see so much of what it would have been like for the soldiers stationed here. We were on a cross country cycle ride and had already done 42 miles but decided the extra 16 miles would be worth it and they were! We really enjoyed the visit and would recommend this to anyone with the one proviso that you have to be moderately fit as the fort is an uphill walk from the entrance along a gravel track.

Thank FirinneVeritas
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