Arbeia South Shields' Roman Fort is located between South Shields town centre and the sea front at the top of the Lawe Top. Find us on Google Maps.
Arbeia is accessible from South Shields town centre on foot in a 10-15 minute walk. Leaving the town centre head along Ocean road towards the sea front, you will see a stone pillar with a Roman soldier on at the corner of Ocean Road and Baring Street. Turn left here and follow the road up until you find the Fort.
By public transport
Make your visit a great value day out by travelling to Arbeia by the Metro and / or Ferry. Up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free on the Metro and the Shields Ferry with a fare-paying adult. Find out more.
Up to three kids aged 11 and under can travel for free on bus services operated by Arriva North East, Go North East or Stagecoach in County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear all day, every day from Saturday 23 July until Sunday 4 September 2022 when accompanied by a fare-paying adult. Bus services paid for by Nexus, Durham County Council and Northumberland County Council are also included. Find out more.
If travelling by car follow the brown tourist road signs with a Roman helmet on from the A19 into South Shields town centre. From here Arbeia continues to be signposted, but if you lose a sign ensure you stick to the A183 which becomes Ocean Road. Turn left onto Baring Street and continue to the top of the hill where you will find the Fort.
Street parking is available but can be busy around school run times as we are situated opposite Hadrian Primary School. There are two coaching bays on Baring Street. Coaches and taxis can drop off at the main gates.