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Vindolanda

Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7JN, England
01434 344277
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Hexham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Owner description: Visit Roman Vindolanda today and you will find one of the North East’s most famous and not to be missed tourist attractions lying in the beautiful... more » Owner description: Visit Roman Vindolanda today and you will find one of the North East’s most famous and not to be missed tourist attractions lying in the beautiful landscape of Hadrian's Wall Country. Formerly a key military post on the northern frontier of Britain, Vindolanda is the home of Britain's 'Top Treasure' - the Vindolanda Writing Tablets - and is one Europe's most important Roman archeological sites, with live excavations taking place every year. The recently fully refurbished on site museum provides a breathtaking exploration of the Trust's ongoing discoveries and accounts of Roman life. There are no other places on earth where it is possible to experience Roman Britain, Hadrian's Wall and history coming to life before your very eyes all in one space! Come and explore it for yourself and find out why Vindolanda is treasured worldwide. « less
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Vindolanda is a great site and worth a visit if you're in the area. It's a private enterprise so they dont give entry or discount to National Trust, Historic Scotland etc. members and the entry fee is not cheap - £29 for 2 adults and 2 children. Still worth a visit if this is something you're interested in. Not much... More

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Florissant, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Vindolanda continues to grow and there is always something new to see each year we visit. (Once, we even met Robin Birley, who was explaining a current dig to visitors!) The museum building, which is well beyond the site of the fort itself, can be reached by car (if mobility is an issue), although finding one's way to it can... More

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high peak
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing way to start your visit to Hadrians Wall and it is well worth going round with the guide. They do two tours one in the morning and one in the afternoon which do not cost any extra but bring the whole site to life. You can then go round the site at your own pace. After... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Loved this experience, it was great. Best in my view because you can watch the artefacts being uncovered as you watch (at the right time of the year of course).

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New Haven, Connecticut
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The extraordinary museum at Vindolanda is an essential part of any visit to Hadrian's Wall. The exhibits are astounding and beautifully displayed and, through them, we are brought into intimate contact with Romans and soldiers of the Roman Empire who lived almost 2000 years ago. The museum is adjacent to archeological remains that cover a considerable area, and a reconstruction... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Vindolanda is simply a MUST DO for anyone visiting Hadrian's Wall. If you only have a brief amount of time to visit the wall, you must come here! The site can be coupled with a visit to the equally excellent Roman Army Museum and a discount ticket for both sites is available. They go hand in hand (but can be... More

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Was worth going but would not go back for a second look. Once you have seen ruined buildings you would not want to go again. The museum was interesting.

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VindolandaTrust, General Manager at Vindolanda, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review Vindolanda. As the only site on Hadrians Wall with ongoing excavations, your comment regarding not worth a second look is misguided. We continue to reveal new areas and unearth fascinating artifacts each year. Vindolanda is the only site in the area where visitors get the opportunity to witness live excavations and History being... More

Bournemouth
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96 reviews 96 reviews
18 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We stayed within walking distance of Vindolanda so had to visit, even though we thought this would be just another ruin. It was much more than that. We have seen quite a few excavated sites (including Housesteads and Corbridge Roman sites in the area), but the fascinating feature here was the fact that excavation was in progress and you could... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A very interesting visit, and quite reasonably priced. I was not impressed that they would not let my 5-year-old, who was bursting to pee, use the toilet until we had queued up to pay our ticket. I wouldn't bother with the Army Museum, there isn't much to see there, but the main Vindolanda museum is definitely worth a look.

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The actual excavations are continuing and it's nice to head into the old Roman vicus and watch as archeology is going on. The visitors centre is excellent, the cafe good. Tie it in with the Roman Army Museum down the road.

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