Visitor guide

Information on access to our sites, accessibility, parking, guided visits and special tours for schools.

Caistor St Edmund, West Wall and the River Tas. Photo: Nick Stone.

Access and opening times

NAT properties are open to visitors at all reasonable times during daylight hours without charge.

Please help us to continue maintaining our sites by making a donation when you visit. There are donation boxes at Caistor, Burgh and St Benet’s Abbey. You can also donate online.

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Help us directly with the upkeep of these important sites

Accessibility

Our sites mainly consist of rough pasture which is difficult to adapt for people with limited mobility.

The sites below have some areas of access path and hard surfaces more suitable for people with limited mobility or who use wheelchair or mobility scooters.

Full access to Binham Priory Church from the car park.

Much of the site can be viewed from the hard surface car park.

A circular walk around the fort including a boardwalk, hard surfacing and reinforced grass paths. Some moderate slopes from the boardwalk into the Fort site.

An all-access, level, hard-surface path runs from the car park to the Gatehouse and Mill and to the public moorings. Reinforced grass path around the Gatehouse.

The main Roman Town can be viewed from the church hard surface car park

A grass path around the perimeter of the site is suitable for mobility scooters.

Guidelines and general information for visitors

Guidelines for dog walkers

The Trust welcomes responsible dog owners. Please:

  • keep your dog on a lead at all times to avoid disturbance to livestock and/or wildlife including ground nesting birds.  Most of our sites host skylarks during the breeding season – these are red listed birds at risk and it is a criminal offence to disturb or harm them.
  • ensure that the sheep and lambs, which are a vital part of our conservation management programme, are not worried by your dog.  You will find them grazing in the fields at Bloodgate Hill Fort, Caistor Roman Town, Middleton Mount and Tasburgh Enclosure during the summer months. You will find cows grazing on the main field at St Benet’s Abbey.
  • clear up after your dog – this is important as many children visit our sites, and livestock is present on others.

Thank you

Guidebooks

Guidebooks for Caistor Roman Town, Burgh Castle and St Benet’s Abbey can be purchased at shops local to each site, and at Jarrolds and other Norfolk bookstores.

You can also purchase our guide books online through our distributor Bittern Books – the following links will take you to their external website:

St Benet’s Abbey Guidebook

Outposts of the Roman Empire (Burgh Castle Roman Fort, Caister-on-sea & Brancaster)

Venta Icenorum: A brief history of Caistor Roman Town 

Facilities

There are currently no toilets at any of our sites. Information listed under individual site pages indicate where you can find the nearest loo!

Parking

There are small car parks at most of our sites – see individual listings for more information.

Guided tours

Regular guided tours are led by volunteers at Burgh Castle, Caistor Roman Town, and St Benet’s Abbey during the summer months – see individual site pages for more information.