Planning permission to improve the visitor centre at Housesteads Roman Fort has been approved.
The visitor centre redevelopment at the site, managed jointly by the National Trust and English Heritage, will see a new café, shop and welcome area for visitors to one of Hadrian’s Wall’s most iconic forts.
The development, which will total over £1m, began over the winter with the refurbishment of the museum at Housesteads, to improve the interpretation and visitor facilities at this internationally significant World Heritage Site, and the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain.
The updated museum which will include a new audio visual exhibition exploring life on the Roman frontier, will open in April, with work at the visitor centre to commence towards the end of the year, ensuring minimum disruption for visitors.
Housesteads is the best preserved and most dramatically positioned of all the Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall. Working with Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd, the fort’s partners will deliver a world-class visitor experience worthy of, and sensitive to, Housesteads’ setting within the World Heritage Site.
Andrew Poad, property manager for the National Trust’s Hadrian’s Wall properties, said: “We’re delighted to have received planning permission for the visitor centre at Housesteads. We will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues at English Heritage and Northumberland National Park Authority and look forward to creating an improved welcome and experience for our visitors.”
For further information on Housesteads Roman Fort and Museum visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/