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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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  • So today we had planned to visit the sycamore gap to see the tree and go here and housesteads. We got slightly lost finding the car park for tree and pulled into vindolanda to have a visit and use the...  more »
  • It was a really great visit. The guide was very knowledgeable and made our visit much more enjoyable.  more »
  • Excellent archeological site and interesting museum and exhibits, hard to believe the Romans were so advanced all those years ago.  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.