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
12/08/2017

Absolutely stunning!


OceanOfCyprus, Leicester, United Kingdom
Was heading to Housesteads, saw the sign of excavations in progress and so diverted here off the cuff. Far exceeded my expectations!! Absolutely stunning remains and museum. Was also fortunate to arrive just before a scheduled twice-weekly archaeologist talk. So fascinating. Go glad I came, and very reasonably priced indeed for what you see. A true hidden gem and must-see!!!!
tripadvisor
11/08/2017

very interesting


Alison B, Banbury, United Kingdom
It is very interesting but be warned can get very windy. The excavation staff are very knowledgeable we came across some ladies washing through the basket to see if there where any fines and all though it said staff only they were only to happy to explain and show us some of the finds.
tripadvisor
10/08/2017

A Roman gem still being excavated


CNRMR, Penrith, United Kingdom
Since I last went many years ago this has been greatly improved. You can wander round the parts which have been excavated and also watch archaeologists at work sifting through the soli for new finds. There is also the museum which displays many of the finds and explains about them especially the writing tablets. You will need a good 1.5 to 2 hours to even begin to give it justice, but you could spend far longer. If you are in the area for some time then the joint ticket with the Roiman Museum, on a separate site, is good value.
tripadvisor
10/08/2017

Well worth it.


Derrick R, Penrith
I used to go to Vindolanda regularly during the excavations in the 1970s both as a visitor and a volunteer. Haven't things changed? The site is do much larger than I remember and so well presented. Although the site is still a "full on" dig, and likely to remain so for a century or more, it is ideal for those who want to understand how a frontier fort and it's associated civilian settlement functioned. A good museum is situated a short walk from the fort.
tripadvisor
10/08/2017

More History!


ItchyFeetLichfieldUK, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
I have already waxed lyrical about our day out to the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda on my review of the Museum but needless to say this place is a must visit when in the area. A joint ticket for both attractions is good value for money and when at Vindolanda make sure you take a tour it is included in your admission price and our tour guide was an ex.archeologist who had worked at Vindolanda she had great knowledge and for us brought the site to life! Super trip when you combine the two places on one day. Try and check ahead of time at Vindolanda for the tour times so you can plan your day.

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