Hardknott Roman Fort
Hardknott Roman Fort
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This remote and dramatically-sited fort was founded under Hadrian's rule in the 2nd century. Well-marked remains include the headquarters building, commandant's house and bath house. The site of the parade ground survives beside the fort, and the road which Hardknott guarded can be traced for some distance as an earthwork.
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peaki1
Sheffield, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A real gem to visit lots to see very cold up there in September so we're lots of layers just a short walk from the road side a great place to visit
Written 27 September 2023
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Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Hardknott Roman Fort. The fort at Hardknott was established early in the 2nd century AD. A fragmentary inscription, dating from the reign of the Emperor Hadrian (117–38), from the south gate records the garrison as the Fourth Cohort of Dalmatians, from the Balkans. The fort was demilitarised in the late 130s AD, when the Romans reoccupied southern Scotland, but was regarrisoned under Marcus Aurelius in the 160s. It was finally abandoned very early in the 3rd century. Objects found around the fort suggest that thereafter its ruins offered temporary shelter to passing patrols and travellers. We hope you get the opportunity to visit more English Heritage sites. Tyler English Heritage
Written 18 April 2024
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Anna C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The road up to the fort is not for the faint hearted but once you get there the views are stunning. There is a small free car park at the site with a short walk up to the fort. All the remains are clearly labelled well worth a visit.
Written 9 November 2022
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Kevin S
123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Lord knows what Italians, fresh out of sunny Rome, would have made of being posted here 2,000 years ago, for this is frontier country, and I can only assume it must have been where they sent the naughty boys.
It's not easy to get to either. Hardknott Pass will test your driving skills to the limit, or your fitness if you travel by foot, but it is worth it. The remains are all well signed with information boards, and the views are spectacular, even on a cold wet day.
One last tip, make sure you're wearing substantial footwear, amd if it's wet, as it was when I went, Wellington boots are essential.
Written 30 October 2022
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Robw1976
Blackburn, UK81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Really interesting place to visit. Good amount of the ruins still remaining.A lot bigger than I expected. 5 minutes walk from the carpark.
Written 3 July 2022
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shamus67
UK222 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Worth a visit if you are going by, if you aren’t to confident as a driver maybe don’t attempt the drive. The views are stunning and it’s amazing to think of a Roman camp way up on these hills. Walls remain on the site and lots of information on boards around giving info on what everything is.
Written 3 June 2022
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T-SGlobetrotters
Preston, UK3,507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The remains of the fort are located just a short distance off the Hard Knott Pass Road. There is a small car park but between this and the fort itself is some boggy ground so good footwear is recommended.
The views from the fort itself are spectacular and we were fortunate to visit on a sunny clear day. There are good information boards all around the remains of the fort which provide simple explanations of the original lay out. A good half hour stop if travelling around the area.
Written 31 March 2022
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Andyhailsfromwales
Beaumaris, UK259 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Walked up to the fort from the Woolpack, along the opposite side of the valley. Lovely walk - steep up to the fort! Well worth it though as we ate our sandwiches in one of the old tower bases with stunning views to Scafell Pike in one direction & the Irish Sea in another. Tough boys those legionaries (mind they did have baths, solid stone walls, fresh bread daily, & a drop of imported vino to make life in such an isolated fort bearable) though!
Written 7 February 2022
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Thank you for your lovely review, Andy, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit and for the amazing photos - they are very atmospheric! You might also enjoy some of our other Roman sites nearby such as the Ravenglass Roman Bath House or the Ambleside Roman Fort. Thanks again!
Written 30 March 2022
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AmberPig
Lancashire17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We walked up from the Woolpack Inn where we were staying. We spent about 30 minutes wandering round. It's complete enough to see where the buildings were and imagine what it must have been like. The views are amazing too.
Written 29 December 2021
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lenpotts
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
stunning setting for this well preserved & partially restored roman fort. a challenging drive from the east to get to it but well worth the effort
Written 31 October 2021
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Jannick G
Alnwick11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Amazing, but be aware that driving to the top is incredibly difficult and dangerous.
Once on the top, the rewards are there. Amazing views and fabulous nature.
Must visit when you're in the area.
Don't let the weather put you off.
Written 30 October 2021
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