Step back in time at the Roman fort of Arbeia and get to know the dark ages’ greatest scholar at Jarrow Hall’s Museum.
South Shields and Jarrow are vibrant towns in the North East of England, and they both contain fantastic history from before the Romans. On this tour, you’ll hear the story of the Roman Fort of Arbeia – the supply base for Hadrian’s wall – and the Anglo-Saxon story of the North East though Jarrow Hall. At Arbeia, you’ll discover the stories of soldiers and civilians alike – with dedications to Middle-Eastern traders, slaves and native Britons, all living together at this frontier.
At Jarrow Hall, you’ll explore the story of the Germanic Anglo-Saxons through the museum dedicated to the Venerable Bede. Bede is arguably the greatest scholar of the Dark Ages, not only a monk, but also a teacher, scientist, and historian in a time most believe to be violent, uneducated, and unrecorded.
Both sites have fantastic reconstructions of buildings from their periods, including a Roman gatehouse, barracks block and commanding officers’ house. At Jarrow Hall, the buildings are based upon archaeology from Yeavering, the historic capital of Anglo-Saxon Northumbria. There are more details below, but please get in touch if you have any additional questions. You may also like to check out our two-hour Roman walking tour of Newcastle.
Inclusions on this tour:
10am | 2pm