Roman Army Museum
Roman Army Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Helen Haley
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent value, at Roman Army Museum
    Amazing, small site. £25 for 2 adults & up to 3 children. 3D film & exhibits really immersed us in Roman rule, of this area & timeline map very imformative. Lovely, helpful staff & shop was brill, for kids to spend their birthday money.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Jen
    Rotherham, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic museum and guided tour
    We had originally planned to just visit Vindolanda but having discovered this museum existed a couple of days beforehand decided to do both! You can get a ticket for both sites that saves a bit of money and they are one of the few places where a 16 year old is still classed as a child! We arrived just in time for one of the outdoor guided tours which despite the typical British weather kicking in just as it was about to start, was well worth doing! Our guide Alex (definitely not Helen!) was very entertaining and gave a great tour without overloading us with information. Plenty to see in the museum including a 3D film and interactive displays. It's well worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • breggie
    923 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a warm and helpful staff! And the museum is unlike anywhere else around the wall- superb
    I can’t say enough! Not knowing where to go to see the wall, our GPS took us here, nearer the western sections. Great hiking at the wall, museum was wonderfully curated in a very advanced way with use of technology. Focuses on the Romans. Staff was so darn good I felt like other museums should have staff trained here!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Andy D
    Occold, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb audio/visual museum
    This was an excellent museum, by far the best I have visited in the area, the imagery describing the army structure and the 3D film were outstanding. I strongly recommend anyone who is in the area to drop in and have a look. Thank you
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 24, 2023
  • EGREASBY
    Upton, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best
    This was a first stop on a week's tour in Northumberland.. This is a fabulous modern museum. The visit sets the context for understanding the Romans in Britain based near Hadrians Wall. Doing this first enhanced our understanding and appreciation of Housesteads Roman Fort
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Amanda W
    Wrexham, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding !
    This is a great place! So much to see and do and presented in an easily accessible, enjoyable way. We bought saver tickets to do this and Vindolanda (you don't have to do both on the same day). We came here first and it really enhanced our enjoyment and understanding of Vindolanda.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Rebecca
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Little Museum
    Loved it here, and as I’ve been wanting to visit for some years, I was so happy! The museum is of course informative, with Vindolanda finds included. Some of the info is like a follow on, back-up of that in the Vindolanda museum, with some added extras. The videos you can watch are excellent, interesting, and bring the forts, life at the edge of the Roman Frontier to life. I liked the inclusion of Roman writing / alphabet, and the information concerning weaponry. There are working models of a ballista, and other such items, like swords, armour. Brill place, really worthwhile visiting! I’d definitely return. Staff are lovely too. Food is basic there, sandwiches mainly, but good enough. Bit more pricey than Vindolanda.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Ian B
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A smashing museum especially it you have kids.
    A fantastic museum to visit when going to Vindolanda. A superb 3D film really brings Vindolanda and Hadrian's wall to life. Lots of interactive stuff for kids and all well laid out. The cafe is small but reasonable priced and the staff very friendly.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Boovyontour
    Sheffield Green, United Kingdom59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t miss this
    Great place to visit. Buy a Saver Ticket for the museum and Vindolanda and you will not be disappointed. It is an amazing place to visit for all ages. The two are a short drive away from each over but well worth it. The 3D interactive short film is well presented and informative. Don’t miss this museum if you are in this are. Staff are friendly and there’s a very small comfortable cafe on site offering a selection of drinks and snacks.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Tina T
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and interesting
    This place was a good start to our learning about the romans! The interactive screen show was good and the museum was great to look around. The lady in reception was the nicest person and was so very helpful when sorting out our tickets. A real credit to a very lovely museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
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Cliff J
London, UK2,085 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
You can obtain a combined entrance ticket for the Roman Army Museum and the Vindolanda archaeological site (about 8-miles away) - both sites are owned and run by the Vindolanda Trust. My advice would be to visit the two sites on different days, as there is so much to see and take in. The museum is well presented and very informative both for people new to Roman Britain and the area of Hadrian's Wall and those who have been before and know the story of the Romans in northern Britain. A mixture of finds from the Vindolanda site and some replicas as well as films about roman life on Hadrian's Wall - all very well done

A small cafe is also on site serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes/scones.
Written November 8, 2021
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Kris Weavill
Grimsby, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
One of my favourite museums in the area, absolutely exducates you fantastically on the Roman army presence in the area. The exhibits are written in plain English and it shows you the history of the wall. The 3d film "Edge of Empire" is not to be missed and always gives a great sense of the wall.

In the covid world there is hand sanitiser everywhere, staff are well protected as are guests.

Tip: It has the most picturesque view from a gift shop window you'll ever see. Trust me.
Written August 5, 2020
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HBBlue
Aberdeen, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We added this into our trip to Vindolanda and I'm really glad we did. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was blown away by the information and the way in which it is presented. I can't comment on the 3D experience as sadly I am unable to view anything in 3D but we really enjoyed the rest of the museum. I particularly enjoyed the video diary of a platoon of volunteers. Whatever you do you must check out the Toilets, they are simply stunning and I salute whomever approved the design :D
Written January 5, 2020
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Jane S
Driffield, UK316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Having perused the site of Vindolanda the path takes you down to the stream and the very comprehensive museum, stuffed with Roman artefacts including the world's largest collection of leather Roman shoes, all shapes and sizes. Lots of audio visual exhibits and plenty of seating, and it was WARM! Abutting the museum are cloakroom facilities, a nice restaurant and a shop . The exit is here and you can take the path back up to the carpark or sort a prearranged lift, there is a lane circuiting the site which is available for the less able.
Written January 17, 2020
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Carchin60
Dalkeith, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Lovely visit enjoyed by three generations of our family.
The lady serving in the cafe made me a second coffee because she thought she hadn’t made a good enough job of the first one.
Our Grandchildren had been studying the Romans at primary school and the museum helped bring to life what they’d learned.
A super, highly recommended visit for all ages.
Written June 29, 2021
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Matt N
Olton, UK195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The Roman Army Museum works wonderfully in tandem with Vindolanda, as it fleshes out the outlines given by the archeological site and paints fuller pictures of historical fact, brimming with life and how it was lived. And in doing so added layers and narratives to what we'd garnered from our trip to Vindolanda itself.

A wonderful museum that adds to our understanding of Roman times and is an excellent adjunct to Vindolanda. If you go to one you must go the other.
Written August 20, 2021
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rebeljenn
Ruislip, UK890 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I enjoyed a visit to the Roman Army Museum. There are a few artefacts but not many. There was more information about the Roman Army and a short video to watch.

There is a small shop and cafe with limited options open (due to COVID19, there are some restrictions and needed cash to pay at the museum.)
Written August 1, 2020
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Jen
Rotherham, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We had originally planned to just visit Vindolanda but having discovered this museum existed a couple of days beforehand decided to do both! You can get a ticket for both sites that saves a bit of money and they are one of the few places where a 16 year old is still classed as a child!
We arrived just in time for one of the outdoor guided tours which despite the typical British weather kicking in just as it was about to start, was well worth doing! Our guide Alex (definitely not Helen!) was very entertaining and gave a great tour without overloading us with information.
Plenty to see in the museum including a 3D film and interactive displays. It's well worth a visit.
Written July 1, 2023
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steve w
Bury, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a find .... just stumbled across this little gem while walking along Hadrian's Wall very educational tells the story of the Roman Army.
Some fantastic exhibits and a 3D story on a large screen
Definitely recommend
Written September 5, 2021
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Paul P
Nottingham, UK33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
We combined our visit with Vindolanda and together they make a great day out. The Roman army museum is smaller and there is less to see but explains life in the army and on the frontier really well through exhibitions films and multimedia. When finished there is a country park just up the road that sits on the wall and after a short steep climb offers amazing views and wall related photo opportunities!
Written August 26, 2021
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