Getting Here

Roman soldiers on horseback
Roman soldiers on horseback

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

Metro "Take the kids for free all day, every day"

Make your visit a great value day out by travelling to our venues by Metro. Up to three children aged 11 and under can travel for free on the Metro and the Shields Ferry with a fare-paying adult. Save on adult Metro fares too by using Pop Pay As You Go - prices are capped at £2 for single trips and £4 for all day travel.

Plan your journey in advance and track your Metro train in real time with the Pop app. Search 'Nexus Pop' on Google Play or the App Store.

Tyne and Wear Metro is our official Travel Partner.

By car

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.

By rail

Mainline rail connections to Newcastle upon Tyne arrive at Central Station from there you can get the Tyne & Wear Metro to South Shields Metro Station, a short walk from Arbeia.

Lumo is our national travel partner. Lumo is committed to providing sustainable train journeys - its trains are electric powered and 25 times cleaner than flying.

Buy train tickets from London, Edinburgh or Stevenage to Newcastle from Lumo.

More information about Northern Rail train services to Newcastle Central Station.

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