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Roman Army Museum

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Address: Chesterholm Museum Carvoran, By Greenhead, Hexham NE47 7JN, England
Phone Number: 01697 747485

Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's...

Lying in magnificent countryside next to a sweeping section of Hadrian's Wall and based at the site of Carvoran Roman Fort, the Roman Army Museum is an authentic and dramatic tribute to Rome’s extraordinary military legacy. Step into the life of a Roman soldier and experience life on the front line of Emperor Hadrian’s formidable British frontier. Explored through reconstructions, objects excavated along Hadrian's Wall and the Vindolanda Trust’s inspiring interpretations of army life including the exclusive 3D Edge of Empire film, the museum pays unforgettable homage to Rome's military accomplishments in Britain.

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Having visited Vindolanda earlier we were keen to see this museum - we weren't disappointed - the 3D presentation was excellent - the displays are great- definitely recommended... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Grant N
Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having visited Vindolanda earlier we were keen to see this museum - we weren't disappointed - the 3D presentation was excellent - the displays are great- definitely recommended - staff were really friendly and welcoming

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St. Neots, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So, if you have to choose one or the other, I liked Vindolanda just a little better, but this is still a must-see for any history or Roman buff. You can get a ticket to both this site and Vindolanda (ten minutes away) for 21 pounds for a couple. Nice interpretive displays and such, and the film is worth seeing.... More 

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Redcar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another excellent museum along Hadrian's Wall and a must see. It's the small finds that will blow you away, who would have thought that a small leather thumb guard from Syrian archer could survive 2000 years? Amazing. There is a 3D video that is well worth watching as it really brings home what life was like on the Wall. An... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must if you walking Hadrian's Wall or just visiting the area. For us it was a top up of our knowledge of the Romans in Britain , being some 40 years since our Roman history lessons. The 3 D presentation helps with your imagination on how life was like being a Roman many miles from home defending the wall.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Let me start by saying that I do enjoy reading books on the Romans, listening to lecturers and visiting historical sites. It's fairly hard to visit sites which are dedicated to or include lots of information on Roman warfare, even in Rome. Therefore, this attraction stood out. I was a bit skeptical after discovering a 20-minute video is a key... More 

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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Following on from a visit to Vindolanda the previous day, we felt this was a must - and it didn't disappoint. Plenty of information to take in but not overwhelming. The 3D film combining aerial shots of Hadrian's Wall and the imagining of life as an auxiliary stationed at the Wall was excellent. Didn't go into the classroom to learn... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a little gem, very informative and we really enjoyed the 3D movie only thing I would say would make it better would be a longer movie with more details. The staff were fantastic.

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VindolandaTrust, Manager at Roman Army Museum, responded to this review

Scott Thanks for taking time to review your visit, I will pass on your kind comments to the staff. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With the weather deteriorating we visited vindolanda first and here second , whilst a good lesson on the Roman army and some artefacts the actual site at vindolanda was better .This was all indoors and gave a short film showing life as a soldier in the army which was very well done.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to start, if visiting this area, especially Vindolanda and all other places along the Wall. An excellent 3D film sets the scene for you and a very informative museum will make you want to get out there to all the forts etc.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

this museum houses many roman artefacts and are really interesting.this museum has a great 3d film that lasts about twenty minutes which tells you all about the wall.its a great first stop so you can learn the history of the surroundings.

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