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!
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