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“Much better than expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Vindolanda

Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Hexham
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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.
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Much better than expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

I have been here twice now. The first time I went with my boyfriend and was so cold we missed most of it. The second time we took my father and were really glad we took the time to see it all. The admission price gets you entry to the roman museum nearby which was fab. There are people dressed as Romans who talk you through the site if you want to join them. The museum is located down a path at the back of the site. It would have made more sense to see this first but it isn't terribly well signposted. Once you find this area, it's fabulous and there is a lot to see and read about. It's a shame there isn't more of the site left but we were told local farmers had stolen a lot of the stones in last few decades. If you are interested in the Romans it'll be a firm favourite. It does get very windy, even in summer so make sure you take a coat.

Visited September 2012
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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“A Complete eye opener !!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

I have only recently become interested in the Roman life and after much hastle agreed to go to Vindolanda for a visit. Located right in the middle of Hadrians Wall, the sheer size of the excavation blew me away. We went in March which was a bad idea. Cold, snowy and quiet....did I say COLD ? haha

The Museum / Visitor centre was brilliant !!! A very interesting couple of hours !!!!!


Visited March 2013
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Sunderland, UK
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“Good Pit stop on way to Hadrian's Wall”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Myself, Fiance and another couple stopped here to explore on our way to walking along Hadrian's Wall.
The site was easy to find (signposted through windy roads- remember to beep your horn when coming to a sharp bend!!)

The information centre was nice and the staff were friendly and informative.
We joined a guided tour of the site which was very informative and lasted approximately 45 minutes.
There is nice scenery next to the Museum, a replica 'bath house' and a nice river with seating overlooking it.

The Museum itself is well stocked and very informative and easy to navigate round.

Overall a nice pit stop! We stayed approximately 2 hours. We then drove to Housesteads which is up the road (about 2 mile). We walked along Hadrian's Wall to Sycamore Gap from there.

Visited February 2013
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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“Fascinating exhibition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2013

Seemed a little pricey - but an amazing high quality and very informative exhibition (at the far end of the site) with cafe and good food. Would recommend avoiding school days if you can - minions of small people rushing around buying plastic swords and shields!

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

Although quite an expensive day out and weather a bit cold we all enjoyed our day here. Ages ranged from 3 to 60. Lovely to see the roman ruins and thought the exhibits were all very well explained. Liked the interactive displays around the site. The museum was very interesting and could have easily spent longer reading all the detail on exhibits.
Shop was well laid out and some reasonable priced items for the children to afford a memento of their day here.
Had a snack in the restaurant. Nice, not to badly priced and polite friendly staff. all in all would recommend.

Visited October 2012
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