The Ribchester Roman Museum is Lancashire’s only dedicated Roman antiquities museum. Come and explore the fascinating ancient Roman history of this picturesque village on the banks of the river Ribble that was once the Roman cavalry fort and settlement of Bremetenacum Veteranorum.
We are in high demand as an educational resource for schools – see our schools page for details – and conduct a number of activities for children throughout the year.
- MUSEUM CLOSED BH Monday 29th May 2023The Museum will be closed on Monday 29th May 2023 due to staffing shortages. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. It will reopen on Tuesday 30th.
- Museum Open DailyMonday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00 Saturday – Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
The Ribchester ‘cavalry sports’ (Hippika gymnasia / ἱππικὰ γυμνάσια) helmet. Originally gilded or silvered, these helmets were worn for show by skilled riders during the ‘hippika gymnasia’ cavalry show exercises which were ritualised tournaments in which Roman cavalry practiced and demonstrated their skills. The original is now in the British Museum with a replica on show in this museum.