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.


Vindolanda (Chesterholm) Hadrian's Wall is a venue for ...
Vindolanda, Bardon Mill(Group Attraction)

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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
08/01/2017

yes!


jawsk, st. louis, mo
This is a fantastic sight. Great musuem with not only relics from the location but a good overview of Romans in Britain and other sights on the wall. Visit here first as it will help you with the other sights as they are not as well done as this one
tripadvisor
04/01/2017

Most enjoyable


Matt0844, West Yorkshire
A really good place to look around and find out about Roman Life. The ruins are excellent and the guidance panels are really informative. The museum and coffee shop are down a treacherous path but well worth the walk and full of really interesting finds as well as a whole section on the Vindolanda tablets. Highly recommended.
tripadvisor
26/12/2016

A nice stop on the wall tour


John H, United States
Stopped in, bought the guide book but did not pay to tour the ruins as was short on time. Mostly foundation stones in at the site, and could have easily spent several hours if had the time.
tripadvisor
09/12/2016

Great day out


sandranorman56, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Was unsure about visiting this, but found it brilliant. Lots to see and well worth the entrance fee. Would definitely recommend it.
tripadvisor
26/11/2016

We visited on a weekday...when archaeologists were available to chat


glasshalffull01, Workington, United Kingdom
We have been to Vindolanda a couple of times before but on this occasion we called in on a weekday. This meant that we could chat with the archaeologists...which was fascinating. Rather than feeling that we were interrupting they went out of their way to come over and ask if we had any questions or wanted further explanations on any matters relating to the site. This made the visit really special...so thank you!

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