Housesteads is the best-known fort on Hadrian's Wall, and is one of the most iconic sites of the Roman Empire. Perched high on its ridge, the remains convey the spirit of the past as well as 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. Housesteads was garrisoned by around 1,000 infantry.
The site is now owned by the National Trust and is currently in the care of English Heritage. Finds from Housesteads can be seen in the site museum, in the museum at Chesters, and in the Museum of Antiquities in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Housesteads is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain, and now the most popular site on the Wall. It stands high on the exposed Whin Sill escarpment, commanding breathtaking views.