Housesteads, known to the Romans as Vercovicium (the place of effective fighters) is the most complete Roman fort in Britain. Set at one of the highest points of Hadrian’s Wall where it climbs to the top of an escarpment, the remains not only convey the spirit of the past but also the beauty of the present. It was one of the permanent forts added to the Wall around AD 124, as part of a second plan for the new frontier. Get an insight into the life of the roman soldiers based here as you wander the remains of the barrack blocks and the commandant’s house. Find the oldest toilets you’ll ever see and visit the fascinating museum which has a model of the fort as it was in Roman times.