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Sween63
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Vindolanda has to be the very best visit ever.

If you are remotely interested in Roman History this has to be the very best place ever to visit as... read more

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Visited this and Roman Army Museum. Extremely informative displays and guides in both places. The only downside was that there were no wheelchairs for use by visitors with limited mobility which I found strange as most places have this facility nowadays.

Date of experience: February 2013
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The jewel in the crown of Hadrian's wall and yet a few miles back from it is the site of Vindolanda which will take a further 200 years to fully excavate. From this multiple site where successive forts and towns were built by the Romans over a 300 year period has yielded a wealth of artifacts which show us the kind of people who were there. There is armour, jewellery, glass and pottery and even the shoes off their feet and huge amounts of timber from the earlier forts...all beautifully preserved in the clay the Romans covered up each site before building a new fort.
The real jewel is of course the remains of partially burnt correspondence. When the Romans quit Britain in 420 AD they tried to burn all their wax tablet letters but for some reason (maybe the slave did not stay to see it it burnt or the wind was in the wrong direction...who knows) but preserved in the clay are these tablets of wood. The wax has gone but the slight impressions left by the scriber (a metal nib used on the wax) on the wood can be detected by infa-red camera and the text can still be read. Much of it is mundane army stores but the detail is so amazing...how many men at aech camp...how many absentees, the ordering of the stores and even a note from a Roman Mother sending her son woollen underpants...yes the wall was as bleak and cold in those days as it is today. Also amongst the tablets is the handwriting of a Roman Roman...totally unique in the world. The insight into how they lived, attended parties and provisioned their army has added so much to our knowledge of the Romans who have somehow become so much more real to us.
Well worth a visit in the summer when the teams of volunteers are unearthing yet more on site. A great place to eat and the museum run by friendly informative people. Gets my vote.

Date of experience: February 2013
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Great place to visit; fantastic historic site with a great museum and highly educational; based in wonderful countryside.

Date of experience: February 2013
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Took friend who said 6.50 is ridiculous.

In the end she quite enjoyed it and said it was every penny

Date of experience: February 2013
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Whether you know much about the Roman occupation of Britain or not you will be better informed after a trip to Vindolanda. It is a fascinating place all year round.

Date of experience: February 2013
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