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
24/02/2017

Must visit in area


adrian1453, London, United Kingdom
i was looking forward to the visit and had a fantastic time. Firstly the site is big and well managed, lots to see and learn about and the Museum on site was small but great and an absolute treasure trove of artefacts found, pottery, coins and loads of well preserved shoes. Next the facilities were good, information done well without overload and a good cafe at good prices. Most importantly all the staff were brilliant, really welcoming and passionate. The fort came before the wall and I would recommend making this the first visit in the area.
tripadvisor
22/02/2017

fab


ajgater, Stockport, United Kingdom
gorgeous place, so much information, well presented and informative, great paths and well priced with a joint family ticket to roman army museum. well worth doing jointcadmission. kids loved it, audio guides would be brilluant
tripadvisor
21/02/2017

Museum of Roman life at Hadrian's Wall


Ruth N, London, United Kingdom
This museum and archaeological site is fantastic. There are things in the museum you just cannot see anywhere else in the world because of the extraordinary anaerobic conditions in the ground. I thought the highlight would be the tablets, and while these are unmissable it is the other artefacts which are captivating. The level of preservation is incredible, there is even a hair net which has survived. The museum is situated in gardens at the back of the site which is essentially an excavated Roman fort with parts still a working archaeological dig. There is also a reconstructed section of 'Hadrian's Wall' which the kids seem to like and helps to give context to the stone remains. If you have children I would definitely recommend buying the combined entry ticket to the Roman Army Museum which is a few miles away. Be aware that Vindolanda is closed over the winter months (usually from september to just before feb half term), check the website.
tripadvisor
15/02/2017

Very Informative


catr3, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Very interesting and informative. Staff were friendly and helpful and exhibits in museum were well displayed and easy to understand. All of the things in the museum were found on the site and give a really in depth understanding of how life was lived 2000 years ago. The kids enjoyed this as well in particular the reconstruction of Hadrian's wall. We never went to the café but it looked clean, warm and inviting. I would definitely leave half a day for this to be able to appreciate it properly, and you want to get your money's worth!
tripadvisor
14/02/2017

Fascinating archaeological site with active dig areas.


seaviewlover, Fife, United Kingdom
This site is so much more interesting than the nearby, rather tired, English Heritage sites. Good exhibition of actual objects discovered on site, including wooden 'letter' tablets. Well worth the effort to walk around this site.

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