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Vindolanda

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Address: Vindolanda Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7JG, England
Phone Number: 01434 344277
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Visit Roman Vindolanda today and you will find one of the North East’s most...

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.

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A superb place for those interested in history

As a family we have visited the site and museum twice and on both occasions been impressed by the work that has been done and is ongoing at Vindolanda. Well done Robin Birley and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a family we have visited the site and museum twice and on both occasions been impressed by the work that has been done and is ongoing at Vindolanda. Well done Robin Birley and the Vindolanda Trust. I notice most of the negative reviews seem to be about people not being able to take dogs onto the site, FANTASTIC! Oh... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a fantastic day overall. But museum was poorly sign posted and sometimes you missed a turn off thanks to a sign being right at the turn instead of being a few meters before. There was also a complete lack of signs to direct us there; I expected many brown signs to point the way. Coming back was just as... More 

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Sowerby Bridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first visit since the site has been restructured, what a truly wonderful site. The facilities throughout are first class and the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. The museum is one of the very best I've been to and would recommend a visit to anybody. Some of the display items have to be seen to be believed.

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Fowey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is another Roman Fort in the area and is different to Housesteads but equally interesting. The mock up of the old ramparts is good and the chance to see the excavation is interesting too.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Vindolanda has the best museum of all the sites along Hadrian's wall. The leather work and Tablets make it unique in the UK. The staff were all very friendly and the Roman Fort footprint is very interesting.

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Hawes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had no idea that there was such a treasure trove of Roman ruins and found artefacts as I discovered on a visit to the site and adjoining museum. As archaeologists continue their discoveries their director, Andrew Birley is on hand and gives extremely interesting and informative talks at intervals throughout the day. The museum houses a staggering collection of... More 

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had never actually heard of this important site, but was very glad to have spent a couple of hours there. The museum is very good, and the highlight is the well preserved manuscripts, telling of everyday life in Roman times. A fascinating glance back into history.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Roman fort at Vindolanda is one of the most important historic sites in Britain. We took a full day off from walking Hadrian's Wall to spend time there, and we were very glad we did. Beyond observing working archaeologists, one can see the ruins of various layers of the forts built here over the ages as well as life-scale... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite the heavy rain we had a brilliant day. Do the (fascinating, superbly curated and easily understood) museum first if you can so that the fort itself makes more sense. But either way it's all superb and together with the Roman Army Museum down the road it's a great day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First things first, this site is not on/at Hadrians wall. The wall is around 3 miles away from vindolanda, but this is still worth a visit. We ended up at vindolanda by following signs for hadrians wall, we spoke to the advisors on the reception who advised us that the wall wasn't at this site and was actually 3 miles... More 

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