Our younger daughter and son had told us about their visit to Vindolanda and we were very keen to see if it was as great as they said it was.
The first part we visited was the excavation site.
It is here where you can participate in the ongoing excavation of the site. The day we arrived it had been raining a few days previously so there was a bit of water still about and no actual excavations taking place but that did not detract from our visit.
The site is well signed and you get a really good picture of how the fort looked in Roman times.
We spent a great deal of time wandering around the site, amazed at all that we saw from bath house
After wandering the site we then moved on to the museum and again spent a great deal of time looking at all that was on view. It was absolutely amazing. I have no pictures from the museum, you will just have to trust me when I say it was amazing.
The quality of the artifacts that were discovered in the excavations is really incredible. The writing tablets have to be seen to be believed. You really get a picture of what life was like in Roman times. You can view the tablets online here.
This is a must visit site and you must also allow a full day for viewing.
When we finished at Vindolanda we then went to a section of Hadrian’s Wall where the Roman Army Museum is located.
The museum provided excellent interactive activities for the visitor and was also well worth the visit.
If you ever get the opportunity you should certainly visit both of these tourist destinations.