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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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  • August 20, 2017
    One of the best examples of a Fort I've seen. Great information boards - I'd like to say well laid out but that's down to the Romans. :) As well as the evacuations there are some bonuses like the recr...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    Here you can comfortably stroll just like the Museum through the large excavation area, visit with very interesting artifacts. Also a partially reconstructed piece of Hadrian's wall gives one a good idea of how it once looked like. For me this museum here is clearly more interesting than the Roman arms Museum, which is mainly due to the large number of finds and exhibits. The excavations to come more and more used to so the new findings.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We think we are so advanced in our living conditions but the Romans lived in comfort and with order and discipline two thousand years ago. The ancient fort has been painstakingly excavated and stabili...  more »
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  • Limited wheelchair access. Fairly good around the fort, but the museum is at the bottom of a very steep slope so despite being in an electric chair we didn't risk it. Unfortunately all the finds are in the museum so that was slightly disappointing but we did enjoy looking around the remains of the fort. Nice reconstruction of a stretch of wall, staff were excellent. Visited 2016
  • Interesting place to visit, with lots of ongoing archeology. For those with mobility issues, be warned, the museum is at the far end of the site, down a steep valley. There is a ramp down, but getting back up could be difficult. A visit is still worthwhile however to see the ruins of the fort and read up on the archeology. The site is run in coordination with the Roman Army Museum just up the road. That facility is much more accessible, but does not have ruins. A joint pass is available for both and is highly recommended.
  • Actually only went there to use the toilet but after paying the money decided to look around. We were very impressed with the quality of the place and how much there was to do there. We got our moneys worth and would highly recommend it.
  • If you are a history buff, you cannot miss this site. If you just want to have a nice stop that is family friendly, it's still a great find. Cannot speak highly enough about this place. Hidden gem.
  • We visited as part of a Rabbie's tour and were blown away. The ruins are all well marked and seeing the ongoing excavations was really interesting. The on-site museum is also fantastic and well worth the trip.

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