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1 day in Hexham

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1 day in Hexham

Stopping overnight in Hexham on route to Edinburgh. We will arrive 10am and cant check into our hotel until after 2pm so what to do ?

We have small children and grandparents and range in age from3 to 80.

Do you think Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum will be entertaining enough for all ? Our children have been studying Roman Britain at school recently and would love them to see Hadrians Wall but grandparents have mobility problems so they wont be able to join in any walking. Your suggestions appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 1 day in Hexham

Although you say you cannot check in until 2 p.m., I think it would be worth going to your hotel first in order to dispose of your luggage. They just might have your rooms ready for occupation but even if not, there should be somewhere where they can safely store your luggage while you explore Hexham.

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Hexham is a pleasnat little town with a beautiful old abbey.

The best views of the wall are from the B6318 which is a glorious drive along the line of the wall. Be careful it is a fast road and there are some very deep 'dips' an you can't see oncoming cars in them.

Vindolanda is better than the Roman Army museum which is beginning to look very sad and old fashioned now. It might be worth emailing Vindolanda to check on parking as the car park is quite a walk to the museum area. They may have disabled parking closer.

info@vindolanda.com

But the best Roman site is Housesteads Fort. However it is quite a walk up from the car park to the fort itself. There is however a tea room at the bottom if the grandparents are happy to have a cup of tea while you visit. The kids will love the latrines....

…about.com/od/…042209HadriansWall_5.htm

Another suggestion is the remains of Corbridge Roman Town which was one of the supply bases to the soldiers on the wall near Corbridge as this is a shorter and easier walk to the ruins.

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

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Chesters Roman Fort is on the outskirts of Hexham and a place my kids really enjoyed. Not quite the wow factor of Housesteads but much more accessible and modest in size, and I think it had a path to make things easily for those with limited mobility/wheelchairs/strollers. Hexham is a pleasant little spot for an overnight stay. I would add my recommendation of a visit to the Cathedral. Maybe the kids would enjoy a wander around the town gaol!

Are you staying in a town centre hotel?

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link for chesters roman fort:

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

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If you do decide on Chesters Roman Fort make sure you drop down to the river and find the remains of the bath house. Daughter used to have great fun pretending to have a bath there. She would pretend to take her clothes off, carefully fold them and put them in the storage niches, jump into the hot plunge pool and then the cold pool before getting dressed again. It kept her happy for ages.

There is detailed information about the remains here:

…archaeology.co.uk/forts/chesters.htm

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Thanks everyone for your replies.

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