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What is Vindolanda Roman Fort and how is it different from other Museums?

Vindolanda Roman Fort is one of the many museums in Northumberland and elsewhere that Eric Knows makes easy to find.

Vindolanda is the remains of a Roman fort that is along near Hadrian’s Wall in North England. Also, the proximity of the museum to the site demonstrates its uniqueness. This allows recent discoveries to be put on display quickly for visitors to ponder. For example, the museum has a collection of wooden writing tablets describing the day to day lives of the fort’s residents, which visitors can see and read in a temperature controlled room.

Furthermore, visitors are able to roam the fort’s ruins outside and go into the indoor museum at their leisure during their stop at Vindolanda, making the site a wonderful mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. Moreover, a ticket includes being able to visit the museum as well as the outdoor ruins. You can see more details on booking on the Vindolanda Trust’s website.


The uneven site has had efforts made on it by the Vindolanda Trust to make it as accessible as possible. To make the majority of the outdoor site accessible by wheelchair, Blue Badge parking and flat pathways have been constricted. In addition, hearing loops are provided for the hearing impaired in certain areas. For more details on accessibility, you can view the access statement provided by the Vindolanda Trust.

How to get there

Bus and car are the easiest ways to access Vindolanda. The AD 122 (The Hadrian’s Wall Bus) stops 7 minutes walk away from the site. Additionally, visitors travelling by car can simply park in the free parking provided by the Vindolanda Trust.

Q Can visitors attend the site without booking?

Yes, however there is a chance you will be turned away as Vindolanda is working at a reduced capacity.
It is better to book online from their site so that you don't have the chance of not being able to go onto the site after travelling there.

Q Is there a time limit once visitors arrive onsite for how long they can be there?

There is not a time limit besides the regular opening hours of the site.
The site closes at 5:30 pm, with the last admission being at 4:30 pm during July and August.
During September and October however, the site closes at 5:00 pm and has its last admission at 4:00 pm.

Q Are dogs allowed onto the site?

Unfortunately, no dogs that are not guide/assistance dogs are allowed onsite.

Q Can I take part in the ongoing excavations at Vindolanda?

Yes you can! The site is always looking for volunteers to help them make their next big discoveries.
More information can be found on the Vindolanda trust's website.

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