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Daily life in Roman times on the edge of an empire.


Bardon Mill Hexham NE47 7JN 01434 344 277

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The greatest excavation site and visitor attraction on Hadrian's Wall is the old garrison fort of Vindolanda – a place where Roman Britain really comes to life. It's one of the few places in Britain where you can watch live archeological excavations taking places – with digs happening every summer – and over the years they've unearthed an extraordinary array of buildings, from houses and workshops to barracks, temples and bath-houses. Generations of soldiers and their families called this place home almost two thousand years ago, when it was an important frontier fort and village. Their lives are recorded in Vindolanda's most famous discovery, namely hundreds of rare wooden writing tablets that deal with everything from written miltary orders to birthday party invitations. Now returned from the British Museum, some of these amazing artefacts (the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain) are on display in a special exhibition. There's plenty more in Vindolanda's excellent on-site museum, which shows a wide selection of the other excavated finds, and more too in the sister museum, the Roman Army Museum, sited four miles (a 15min drive) away at a wild section of the old Roman wall. You're encouraged to see both on the same trip and it certainly makes sense, to get a full picture of the lives of Roman soldiers at the northern limits of their great empire.

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Remarkable engineering! ★★★★★

One of the northernmost places in the Roman Empire, Hadrian's Wall is a remarkable feat of military engineering and determination. Stretching from the east to west coast of northern England, the wall was dotted with a number of forts as garrisons for the troops who were required to man the wall. Vindolanda was one of those forts. For a fort that was built almost two thousand years ago, it has survived remarkably well, and it is possible to see the foundations of the various barracks, markets and granaries that were required to support a garrison of Roman troops. Before entering the fort there is a museum which you can visit which helps illustrate what life was like. The best bit of Vindolanda is arguably the wall itself. It is possible to walk on top of the wall for a short way, and it is very easy to understand why the Romans chose to build the wall as you look down over the crags towards the emptiness in the north. It's hard not to marvel at the resilience and fortitude of the soldiers who manned the wall, particularly if you visit during when there is wild and wuthering weather!

Vindolanda reviewed by on September 22nd, 2014

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<p>Adults £6.50, under 18s £4, family ticket £19. Joint ticket with Roman Army Museum – adults £10, under 18s £5.50, family ticket £29.<br></p>


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Getting There

Vindolanda is 13 miles from Hexham – from A69, follow signs (near the village of Bardon Mill). With Sat Nav, use NE47 7JN but then follow Vindolanda road signs to take you to the main entrance.


<p>April–Sept daily 10am–6pm, Oct daily 10am–5pm. Last admission 45 minutes before closing.<br></p>

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