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Vindolanda, Hexham

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One of Europe’s most important archaeological sites, Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort just south of Hadrian’s Wall. Located near the modern village of Bardon Mill, the fort once guarded the Stanegate, the Roman road from the River Tynne to the Solway Firth. The site is noted for numerous wooden writing tablets, which are among the most significant finds of military and private correspondence discovered anywhere in the Roman Empire. Stop by the on-site museum to see what Roman life was like at the very edge of the great empire over 2,000 years ago. The museum conserves and displays finds from the excavation site, such as boots, shoes, armor, jewelry, coins, and a small selection of the famous tablets. Add Vindolanda to your Hexham travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hexham travel itinerary maker.
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  • Great site to visit, would recommend doing in conjunction with the Roman army museum (they sell joint tickets) we did the museum first to prepare us for vindolanda, which I would suggest is useful to ...  more »
  • This a very nice site. The town/fort itself are nicely restored, with more excavations underway. There is a very good comparison of the different wall types over time. A short walk away, there is a ve...  more »
  • This is an excellent site so much info your head hurts , we were greeted by Helen on reception who was absolutely invaluable I do not walk well and gave us directions to drive to get to the second hal...  more »
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  • Lots of fun, showing part of our nation's history. Guide was very knowledgeable. Would advise that you visit the roman army museum first, as you can get a sense of life would be like in the town.
  • A fascinating place. You get a good feel of how the fort would have been in its day, both from the exposed remains outside and from the well-presented museum. There are archaeologists working on the site making finds as you watch.
  • An amazing journey back in time. pity the cafe is so far away, I am 72 and could't get there because of the hill going down to it. otherwise not to be missed.
  • Interesting site and museum. With my only caveat being the site's accessibility for the physically impaired. Otherwise a wonderful glimpse into Britain's ancient past.
  • A large open-air site with the remains of a Roman fort and associated vicus. Very well presented with information boards, guided tours and a small but very well done museum. On the day we visited, tours ran 10:45am and 2:00pm. Approximately 24 weeks of the year excavations are taking place for those who like to see archaeology "as it happens". We could easily have spent four hours here and would have done if we didn't have to cut our visit slightly short due to another commitment. The single adult admission price of just over £6 seemed very good value for the amount to see and do.