Ribchester Roman Museum of Roman Antiquities is a registered charity with the UK Charity Commission
Charity number: 510490

Ribchester Roman Museum

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.

  • A group of Roman officers
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  • Iron Age Day
    Don’t miss our Iron Age Day on Sunday 4th September 2022. Come along to the museum for demonstrations of Iron Age and Celtic Life, including food and cooking, clothing and textile production and weapons and warfare. The day will include activities for children. Admission Charges Apply
  • Summer Activity Days, every Monday through the School Holidays
    Roman themed craft activities for children aged 5 – 10yrs, including dressing up in Roman armour, mask masking, painting Roman beads and more. Come along any time after 10:30AM. Sessions end at 03:30PM. Admission charges apply and children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Museum Open Daily
    Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.00 Saturday – Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
The Ribchester 'cavalry sports' (Hippika gymnasia) 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 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.