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Vindolanda was a Roman auxiliary fort (castrum) just south of Hadrian's Wall in northern England, which it originally pre-dated. Archaeological excavations of the site show it was under Roman occupation from roughly 85 AD to 370 AD. Located near the modern village of Bardon Mill in Northumberland, it guarded the Stanegate, the Roman road from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. It is noted for the Vindolanda tablets, a set of wooden leaf-tablets that were, at the time of their discovery, the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain.
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Wonderful historic site. A lot of digging still going on. Paths are a little uneven. We were offered to take the car down to the coffee shop and museum. Fabulous people there. Very interesting.
So much history. A great excavation site and museum. Excellent displays with plenty of information. A good store with relevant books and a restaurant cafe to meet your refreshment needs. Toilet facilities are excellent and provide for those in wheelchairs or those with babies.
Absolutely fantastic day out. If you are interested in Roman history this place is a must, even if you just have a general interest there is lots here to keep you busy. The main site hosts the ruins of a large roman fort and 'vicus' (the village near the fort). You can meander down the old streets and imagine how it may have looked almost 2000 years ago with the aid of interpretation panels and a reconstructed part of the fort. It is also a working archaeological site and at times you can watch them at work. At the far end of the main site there is a museum with 1000s of items found on the site, including a large collection of incredibly well preserved shoes. There is also a pleasant cafe (decorated in Romanesque fashion!), a gift and bookshop, a reconstructed temple and an area aimed at children and young people. You can purchase a joint ticket for Vindolanda and the nearby Roman Army Museum, this is well worth doing as they are both excellent. You can use your ticket either on the same day or any time within one year (for one visit to each site).
Short drive from Hexham. Easy to find. Car park almost empty at 10.30. Good price £8 for adults. Really big site mostly pramable. See the archaeologists at work! Interesting museum. Maybe needs to be a bit more 'hands on' for children. Nice looking cafe and gift shop with friendly staff.
Incredibly exciting one of a kind museum/active dig site. Very informative guides and exhibits. Being able to walk around the site in such an amazing location really grounded what daily life would have been like during the roman occupation
Really an A-1 museum. There is a lot to offer here besides ruins, and the ruins are pretty cool too. Some very unique artifacts are on display here in the form of the Vindolanda writing tablets. Also has a surprisingly good and reasonably priced cafe.
Absolutely amazing archeological site that can't be missed by anyone interested in history. The ruins are very well preserved and there are regular guided walks to help you put it all in to context. Across the river (but still on site and included in the entry price) is a lovely cafe and a small but fascinating museum, all in beautifully secluded surroundings. Probably a good half-days visit to do it any justice, and possibly longer if the weather is good and you want to take it slow and make the most of it.
Great place for anyone who likes history. My kids found it very interesting too. Car parking is sufficient. One can buy ticket for this site only or a combined one which will be valid for the similar sites nearby. There is a little restaurant and gift shop as well. The site itself and nearby place looks fantastic. It makes people forget how hard the life could have been in those days.
I suggest you go through the museum first then the ruins, it makes everything more interesting once you've seen what's been found there. The people working at the dig sites are nice and fun to talk to. Highly recommend chatting with them for a bit. Fun place to go.
Absolutely brilliant. Large site. Excellent museum though only has a few samples of the written items many people talk about, on show. It seems the rest are at the British Museum who have the larger memorable ones. Hmmm - that's the BM's fault. There was a team digging. The team leaders were fantastic at engaging with the public, telling them what was happening and answering questions. As we left, we found out a lot from the guys behind the desk. Good day, good experience, good cafe though there is a bit of a walk to cafe and museum.
Roman village built near Hadrian's wall. The ruins give an insight of what life was like on the frontier. The soldiers lived a lonely life out at the edge of the empire with vast expanses of territory to guard. The villages would give them a reprieve and a return to a semblance of normal life.
This part of Hadrian's wall gives a lot of insight into a fort that existed there and the information supplied is very useful in getting a detailed understanding of it. The layout of the site is very good and there is a very nice cafe at the far side of the site. The museum that is located alongside the cafe is excellent! Overall a very good way to spend a couple of hours.
A very interesting site, with great Roman fort remains, several reconstructions to help you get a feel for whole buildings, and a lovely museum. The highlight (especially if you are having to dodge rain showers) is a unique view of Roman tablets, with detailed description of their rescue, conservation, and insightful content. A world exclusive!
Fantastic site and museum. We hiked to the site and were not expecting such a good experience. Fantastic ruins with good access. The museum collection is extensive and really well presented.
Although the fort itself has been razed to knee height, you can make out the outline of most of the buildings and there's a full height replica of part of it. There is also a substantial museum with many unusual items, including a unique set of boxing gloves. Well worth a visit with accessible parts of the Hadrian's Wall only a few miles away.
A must see part of the Roman defences and it predates Hadrian's Wall. Very good Cafe and toilet facilities and usual gift shop. Reconstructions of Hadrian's Wall in both turf and the latter stone. Reconstruction of a roman temple and a hovel that we built for our selves after roman rule ended. Good parking available at both entrances, covered museum has usual displays and you can purchase a joint ticket for Vindoland and Roman Army Museum a couple of miles further west. Children will love it and adults will find the on going excavations interesting.
Great afternoon here with the kids. They loved roaming around on the remains whilst the adults read the information boards. The museum is very comprehensive with some amazing finds, such as Roman tablets with writing on ... Amazing. There was also a chef there when we were there with interesting knowledge. The cafe is a little small ... But well worth it ..