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Vindolanda, Hexham

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Simply incredible preserved and interpreted sit, but make sure you follow the path down to the museum and café area, where they have a reconstructed roman shop, a temple, and a very neat museum with s...  read more »
  • I've been here three times now, both as a kid at school, I've taken my kids and now I've been as a more mature chap. Each time it gets better, the finds are amazing, giving an I site into what life wa...  read more »
  • This is a fantastic place. We really came to see the famous tablets - but found the whole site most interesting. The artefacts in the museum are imaginatively displayed. It would have been great if we...  read more »
  • Beautiful site. Loved the fact that you could see with your own eyes real archeology that was ongoing. Really good museum as well. Brilliant.
  • A really interesting place to visit and a great museum too. I highly recommend going...
  • Vindolanda Roman fort and vicus (settlement) is an ongoing site of excavation. The famous Vindolanda tablets can be seen in the excellent museum. Also on show are examples of Roman glass, locks and footwear of the period. A free guided walk around the site brought it to life.
  • Exceptional. Such a rich history here, with continual ongoing archaeological work. Absolutely fascinating to walk around a fort that was busy and bustling 2000 years ago. The musuem was one of the best I've been to. The writing tablets they discovered include the earliest example of female handwriting in the western world. A must visit.
  • This is an active dig site. My wife and I have been 3 times and are always amazed. It has a nice restaurant and a modern museum. Great for older children who can appreciate the history
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