Vindolanda
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • johnbrown440
    Loughborough, United Kingdom60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are interested in anything Roman this is the place !
    Interesting Roman Museum and Archaeological site to visit. Shop and Cafe excellent and very friendly staff. Use the guided tour or info handsets if you want to find out more. Info talking posts dotted around the ruins are informative. Sturdy footwear advised especially in wet weather and there is a steep path to Museum/Cafe . Get a double reduced ticket to visit The Roman Army Museum ten minute drive away to save money ( this is highly recommended to visit as well ). Great place for a picnic
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Jane G
    Wells, United Kingdom44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating place
    We spent a couple of hours here. It was absolutely fascinating. We would recommend going to the Museum first and then visiting the ruins. Greatly exceeded our expectations. The cafe and shop were great too. The AD122 bus which runs along Hardian's Wall (from Hexham to Haltwhistle) visits here, so you could get here without a car, depending on where you were staying.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2023
  • TerryB81052
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum and site
    A very well set out display of artefacts with accompanying explanations and commentaries. Beautiful surroundings and a fascinating Roman site (may be difficult to access if you have a physical disability as it is up a steep slope from the museum). Pleasant cafe there too serving a some simple meals and snacks. Well worth the visit but I recommend going to the Roman Garrison museum first as it sets the historical and local scene.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 June 2023
  • DithBee
    New Westminster, Canada7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See near Hadrian’s Wall
    Highly recommend, this was our favourite of the Roman sights we visited near the Wall (also went to the Roman Army Museum and Housesteads). The included guided tour was engaging and funny, and one of the highlights of our trip. Thank you Alex!! The museum was excellent as well. We learned so much. We’d love to go back next time we’re in the area, since this is an active archaeological dig and new discoveries are being made each year.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 June 2023
  • John A
    Brentwood, United Kingdom422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If there is a (free) guided tour available, it is worth it
    What a site with so many different forts all on top of one another. They generally run free guided tours and it is well worth going round with one so that you can learn a lot more about what they know, what they think and what they just don't know (isn't that refreshing that they admit there are things still to learn). The site is on the side of a hill and the museum is at the bottom of the hill and up the other side a short way. Whilst the paths are good, it is quite a pull up! The museum is worth a visit and really adds to the understanding of the site and helps to explain the archaeological finds.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Jen
    Rotherham, United Kingdom35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place
    Well worth a visit. It's been very well preserved and there have been some recent findings in their archaelogical digs which hopefully means there's even more to be discovered here! We missed the guided tour but it's easy enough to find your way around and have plenty of time to look at things. The gardens near the cafe are beautiful this time of year and well worth the walk back uphill after!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Bill K
    159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vindolanda
    Never heard of this place, but boy was I surprised! This is the site of several Roman Forts built on top of one another. The ruins are extensive and the docent was extremely knowledgeable about them. Much more interesting than Stonehenge.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • wchops
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and fun few hours
    Have just returned from a few days in Northumberland and a highlight was spending a few hours here . We were lucky enough to be in time for a tour with Paul , who provides a extremely interesting and funny hour or so and shouldn’t be missed . As fantastic as this place is anyway it came to life with him , lots of facts and figures and amusing tales , his obvious love for what he does shows . Had lunch in the cafe , lovely fresh rolls and finished off with a look at the Museum . So many wonderful things to look at , very well set out and beautifully presented, a perfect way to end our time here . Some lovely walks by the river in the sun . Highly recommended, a fab day out .
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Brad
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vindolanda was worth it
    Was looking to visit hadrian's wall and we deciding to visit vindolanda instead and it was so worth it. Costs £12-13 per person and loads of parking. Get there early about 10am before all the tourists. The weather wasn't great with it raining but the history of the place and the free guide from Paul was second to none. Free guide was 11am and 1pm. Recommend to visit this site which is steeped in history from roman times, Paul our guide was amazing with his knowledge and humour on the free guide for 60 mins highly recommend you get on his tour. They are still digged and finding new items in the fort. Little cafe at the end of the tour with lovely food and drinks and well priced. The museum they have there so amazing with the items they have and the standard, other items from that site normally go to the british museum. Tourist wise you will have people from all over. Was a few Americans that day and people visting the Northumberland area and a number of school trips. Cracking day and recommend a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • MichelleandAlan
    Camarillo, California164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a great experience
    This site is quite extensive. Definitely worth a couple of hours or more. The archeological dig is ongoing and you are able to watch. It is well signed with a very well done museum. The cafe is a great respite for tea and scones. It certainly lends itself to the phrase, History comes Alive.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
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Suzanne R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This place is amazing. The site is so intact and the number of artifacts that have been found are incredible. We bought the saver ticket for this and the Roman army museum but I wish we had visited the army museum first as this would have given us more context before we saw this. I think they should show the short Edge of Empire film here as well for people who cannot visit both. But really brilliant.
Written 16 April 2024
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Jonathan G
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Apr 2024 • Family
I’ve been wanting to go here for about 30 years and finally made it with my daughter. The archaeology is beyond expectations and made 100% better by the tour guides by Michael, his enthusiasms is infectious and the time he had for people even better.
Written 5 April 2024
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Simon B
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Apr 2024 • Couples
A wonderful visit to the site with so much to see and learn with an impressive museum full of Roman artefacts excavated on site it can easily take 3-4hours and still not see everything! Highly recommend the free guided tours and Michael was superbly entertaining in his summing up of the life of a Roman soldier from 2000 years ago!
Thank you

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Written 4 April 2024
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J0hnLynch
Queensbury, UK42 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
The Roman fort and village are laid out before you as you enter the site. The scale model of the complex has audio buttons and explains the various sections such as the bathhouse, residences and fort complex giving better understanding before you go outdoors to walk the site. The Main Street has foundations and shops and houses as you walk down hill to the fort entrance.

Walking further into the valley you are now transported to 1930’s Britain with a beautiful house set in a wooded valley, stunning. This is a fitting location for the museum and the artefacts discovered and still being discovered in this live archaeological site.

A great visit.
Written 24 March 2024
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Roger B
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We spent a delightful afternoon on this Hadran Wall site. Very interesting to see ruins and the layout of the small town ,which had all amenities you'd need( public baths, toilets, shops , official buildings.)
In addition an excellent museum with good AV presentations and a nice cafe. I imagine it will be crowded in the summer
Written 18 March 2024
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Although the weather was very damp, we really enjoyed our visit. The surrounding countryside is beautiful in the borders and the site is lovely. It’s well organised and the exhibition is very interesting including many artefacts from the digs - shoes, jewellery, and letters including the earliest letters by women in Roman times.

We had a hot lunch in the cafe and the tea with cake layer. The staff were so friendly. One server, Lorna said she couldn’t do anything about the weather but can serve good hot drinks - just the job !

There’s a reconstruction of the wall and many outlines of buildings that have been excavated.
Written 16 March 2024
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John L
Fife, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Unexpectedly fascinating visit. A spectacular site with a fantastic exhibition and museum. So interesting to hear the story of the archeology and to see the results. We were told we needed 2 to 3 hours for the visit, we didn’t believe that, but we certainly did!
A wonderful insight into Roman life in Britain nearly 2000 years ago .
Written 8 March 2024
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Rachel B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a brilliant tour with the guide Steve who was extremely knowledgeable and friendly! There is lots to see here and we’ll definitely be back again. A visit to the cafe and shop are also a must!
Written 22 February 2024
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Carole G
Penrith, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Wonderful site, Well laid out and plenty to see. Very interesting, good signage and the museum explains everything. The best site to visit on Hadrian's Wall.
Written 22 February 2024
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Myke A
Carlisle, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
After a trek down from the car park, was greeted by really nice staff members that explained everything. Had a look around the museum, which was really well done with some great exhibits. Especially the tablets, so interesting to read about normal every day life.
The site itself is a must for anyone interested in the Roman Empire, the reconstruction of the wall is really well done.
After I went to the cafe, again the staff were amazing, the coffee and sandwich was really good value for money and really tasty.
All in all had a great day here and the Roman Army Museum, I had bought the combined saver ticket.
Written 14 February 2024
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