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“Good family stop”
Review of Vindolanda

Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Hexham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 24, 2013

It's not the most extensive museum but well laid out & presented - just right for your family group, the children weren't bored half way round! Go round the museum first, that way the fort & village will make more sense. Note: this is NOT part of Hadrian's Wall, though it is near.

Thank Ashley H
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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.

Thank GlasgowMac47
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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.

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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.

Thank RonG646
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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

Thank martintheclark
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