Vindolanda (Chesterholm) Hadrian's Wall

Chesterholm Museum
Bardon Mill
Northumberland
NE47 7JN

01434 344277

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Overview

Before Hadrian's Wall

Vindolanda lies just to the south of Hadrian's Wall and has a very different ‘feel’ to other sites along the Wall. It lies upon the first Roman frontier in the north – The Stanegate Road. You will probably drive along this road to reach the fort and museum.

Vindolanda was occupied for over 300 years and was an important frontier fort and village long before the construction of Hadrian's Wall. Indeed, Vindolanda saw nine forts come and go in those three centuries when generations of soldiers and their families called this place home.

 

Live Excavation Experience

The excavations hugging the pretty landscape outside the museum at Vindolanda reveal the hidden stories of a mixed community of soldiers, families and traders. Witness the ancient fort of Vindolanda sprouting from the ground beneath you and feel time rewinding as each layer of soil is brushed away. See:

* Pre-Hadrianic bath house
* Several commanding officer’s residences and some barracks
* 3rd and 4th century evidence of civilian houses and workshops, latrines, strong room and a Roman Celtic temple to an unknown God
* Post-Roman mausoleum and Christian church
* Replicas of a Roman temple and shop, a Romano-British house and replica sections of Hadrian's Wall in turf timber and stone

Vindolanda is one of the few places in the UK where you can watch live archaeological excavations taking place. It's a riveting experience watching the Trust's team and volunteers from across the world uncovering the past's secrets and stories. Visit for yourself and see how it brings history to life right before your eyes!.

Roman Vindolanda Today

The Vindolanda site today contains both a modern world class museum using the latest interpretation techniques and display to tell a very old, very interesting Roman story and ancient buried forts regarded by many as one of Europe's most important and richest archaeological resources. This is why people from around the world travel to Vindolanda to experience its unique atmosphere and rare treasurers. Come rain or shine, Vindolanda, the outdoor site and indoor Museum will entertain you, your family or group.

An Archeological Journey

People come in their thousands to Vindolanda as it is a ‘live’ archaeological site. For the last forty years the site has been surrendering its thousand year old secrets on a daily basis. No other Roman site in Britain is as rich in its findings. Everything on display in the museum was found from the Roman site only yards away. These collections give us a very special insight into the normal everyday lives of our predecessors.

The Vindolanda Writing Tablets

The writing tablets are perhaps Vindolanda's greatest discovery and have been previously voted by experts and the public alike as 'Britain's Top Treasure'. Delicate, wafer thin slivers of wood covered in spidery ink writing, the tablets were found in the oxygen-free deposits on and around the floors of the deeply buried early wooden forts at Vindolanda and are the oldest surviving handwritten documents in Britain.

Like postcards from the past, the tablets allow a rare insight into the real lives of people living and working at Vindolanda near Hadrian's Wall nearly 2000 years ago. They provide a fascinating and compelling insight into private and military lives from a very different time but are hauntingly familiar, covering matters - from birthdays through to underpants! Have we changed that much in two millennia?

Now, for the first time, and thanks to an investment running into millions of pounds, some of the Vindolanda Writing Tablets are on display in their home. Recently returned to Vindolanda on loan from the British Museum, the tablets are displayed in a new state of the art, special hermetically sealed case, protected from the decaying influence of oxygen, moisture and humidity.

The Collections

Objects from the deep past including textiles, leather goods, wooden objects and flora and fauna have all survived thanks to the exceptional conditions found at Vindolanda. Did you know Vindolanda has the largest collection of Roman leather anywhere in the Empire? From shoes of all sizes and styles to bags and buckets, from purses to an archer's thumb guard. Wooden and textile objects presented include everything from wagon axles to parts of furniture, tent pegs, combs and even a child's sock! Other special finds include jewellery, bronzes, weapons and animal bones.


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Ticketing and entry prices for Vindolanda (Chesterholm) Hadrian's Wall

Type Entry for Guide price
Single
(Adult - Vindolanda site)
1
£6.75
per ticket
Child
(Child - Vindolanda site)
1
£4.25
per ticket
Family
(Family - Vindolanda site)
1
£20.00
per ticket
Concession
(Senior Citizen/Student - Vindolanda site)
1
£5.75
per ticket
Single
(Adult - Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum)
1
£10.50
per ticket
Child
(Child - Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum)
1
£6.00
per ticket
Family
(Family - Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum)
1
£32.00
per ticket
Concession
(Concession - Vindolanda & Roman Army Museum)
1
£9.00
per ticket
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tripadvisor
25/06/2017

To see old Roman site


aubrey m, Bourne End, United Kingdom
Very interesting tour of the old Roman site, very knowledgable guide fascinating history to this site. Good museum and cafe.
tripadvisor
24/06/2017

Vindolanda, roman auxiliary fort


John E, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
remains of old roman fort and surrounding buildings, it guarded the Roman road from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. It shows various ruins of the old roman wall and buildings including bath-house, pub, grain , shop, mausoleum, houses and rebuilt outlook tower as well as great info on boards in front on most ruins. Also a temple to The Nymphs with elaborate wall murals as well as museum and lets us take a step back in time to when the Romans were here , great day out especially if the weather is good as need time to wonder and look at the many ruins in the site and also there is a cafe for refreshments with friendly welcoming staff and a gift shop as well (I bought a Roman soldier figure £5)
tripadvisor
24/06/2017

essential visit


Gaz H,
This site is an essential visit, see excavations in progress, and an excellent museum with finds from the site, which are both in quantity and quality.Then a great café to lunch at and all the staff are extremely friendly,knowledgeable and helpful.
tripadvisor
23/06/2017

Well worth visiting


intrepid1145, Warminster, United Kingdom
The highlight of this venue has to be the museum. It houses countless finds from the site and tells an amazing story. The exhibits are incredible and the information very good. The excavated site is enormous and takes a while to get round. Allow plenty of time to visit
tripadvisor
22/06/2017

Rome is where the heart is


963Dave_C, Durham, United Kingdom
Vindolanda is an extensive complex of Roman fort / town remains in a beautiful location. Good weather is best for visiting as much is outside. The museum houses the famous writing tablets found at the site along with many more fascinating finds, all well displayed. Outside includes a reconstruction of towers and roman wall, and also other buildings by the museum. Entrance is good value (10% discount for English Heritage cards), as is the guide book. You can also get an inclusive ticket with the Roman Army Museum. The best aspect of the site is just wandering around among the roman remains. Good cafe.

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