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- It's a fabulous site but you need to know:
(a) you can't see any of Hadrian's Wall from there. Vindlanda is the remains of a separate town that started before the wall was built. If you mainly want to see the Wall there are sites like Chesters Fort and Housesteads
(b) You can buy a joint ticket online for Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum 7 miles away but the latter is mainly for kids. If you have bought a ticket online just for Vindolanda you can't upgrade it on site.
(c) The site is quite confusing when you arrive. There are speaking posts with recorded descriptions, sited at random places, but they aren't signposted and don't have clear numbers on them.
(d) By far the best bet is to head straight for the museum which is brilliant. Head right across the site diagonally from the entrance (the museum is in invisible from there in a dip), and learn about the site there first.
(e) There is a guided tour if you don't mind lots of people (about 50 when I went) and be warned there are big parties of school kids thronging around the site and museum, a problem if you are trying to avoid Covid
(f) the archaeologists and volunteers working on the dig are amazingly friendly and informative, much better than asking the staff.
(g) some of the attractions e,g, the fort towers, and the temple and cemetery near the museum are modern constructions.
I had a great time but it took a long time to work out all the above as it isn't as clear as it should be.Written 5 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A very enjoyable visit to Hexham Abbey - a grand impressive building with lots of interesting history with visual evidence of melted lead on the 6th step of the old stairs - a legacy from a terrible fire centuries ago. The special exhibition explaining the Abbey's history was excellent.Written 4 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I walked 25 miles of this fascinating wall a few weeks ago (from Lanercost Priory to the Temple of Mithras, Carrawburgh, I would recommend this section!)
It was a truly exhilarating walk and aided greatly by the sheer brilliance both historically and architecturally of the wall. It was a joy to walk alongside it. I would point out to whose have been living under a rock, that you don't walk alongside the wall for the whole trek, but when you do, it is a fascinating sight and I would recommend it to all. Remains of mile castles, turrets and forts dot the landscape throughout and it really takes you back to that time.
What have the Romans ever done for us?
They built this masterpiece, that's what!Written 13 December 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- An interesting place to visit with remains of a variety of different buildings, the most impressive being the remains of the Roman baths by the banks of the River Tyne.Written 4 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Absolutely brilliant little museum by Hadrian's Wall. A 3d film gives insight to life in the army which was good but even better was the short film in the museum itself which explained the difference between Legionnaires and Auxiliary soldiers. We loved it here.Written 3 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Our experience here was mixed: the architecture of the building is interesting and the green roof lovely, as it is covered in wild flowers. We enjoyed the display of photographs and the educational centre - the latter was particularly aimed at children, I would say, but we adults found it engaging too. In contrast to an earlier reviewer, we were actually quite pleased that dogs were not allowed in the centre, especially the cafe (and we own a dog ourselves). The coffee and food at the cafe were good, but I agree with other reviewers that there is a distinct lack of leadership/management. The staff were pleasant but out of their depth, inexperienced and poorly trained: apart from one person they did not seem to know how to use the till or payment methods. The system for ordering food - you sit down and someone is supposed to come to take your order, then deliver it, then you go back to the till to pay - is inefficient and a recipe for chaos, which is what we observed.Written 19 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The remains of Housesteads Fort are very impressive and cover a wide area. It is located approximately 10 minutes walk uphill from the car park and the views from the top were excellent. The most impressive parts of the fort were the remains of the grain store with brick stilts that would have supported the floor allowing air circulation beneath. On the outside of the fort there was a short walk that was recommended by staff in the visitor centre where the path leads up to the left of the fort and through some trees then there is a part of the original wall - somewhat covered in places with grass and moss - that people can walk on. Since Housesteads Fort is looked after by both the National Trust and English Heritage there is free admission for either of the organisation's members.Written 4 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Fantastic experience for me and my 2 kids ( 8 yrs & 3 yrs ). The experience is a must for anyone in the area with Paul taking us step by step through his herd with a fantastic & friendly delivery of knowledge and facts for inquisitive kids…….
Highly recommend !!Written 5 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Fabulous first visit to this excellent course. Free coach from station to track and back a big bonus as it's isolated.
Classic country track with a mish mash of facilities being employed as best they can with Covid demands.
I had club ticket which has a nice bar with ultra warm radiators a major bonus.
Lovely setting and staff were as helpful and friendly as you could hope for.
I'll be back.
An easy must do recommendation.Written 10 December 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is a great little find for those interested in the sci fi genre! The owner was super friendly, accommodating, really knew his stuff. He said himself that the place is "small but packed", which is a pretty accurate statement. There's not much space to walk round, but loads to see. There's a general sci fi section, which had all sorts: including but not limited to x men, marvel, thunderbirds, alien, dune. There's then a specific section for classic doctor who. Definitely worth a look for a fan. Super interesting. The owner's original artworks are also pretty amazing!Written 28 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Cherryburn is owned and administered by the National Trust. You had to Pre-book when we went in September (it is now closed for the winter). Cherryburn was the childhood home of Thomas Bewick an 18th century artist and probably the UK's best wood-engraver and someone I have to confess I did not really know about prior to my visit. The two rooms of the original house are accessible; one was being used to house an exhibition of 20 intricately engraved glass panels by Phoebe Connolly. There is also an engraved greenhouse again by Phoebe Connolly in the grounds. In the brothers house are some of Thomas's original engravings as well as an exhibition of printing presses.Written 26 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is such a beautiful, wild and extensive area of the British Isles. One can walk for miles and enjoy breathtaking scenery and spectacular views by day and enjoy star-filled clear skies by night. This is a very special area indeed and well worth visiting.Written 3 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My partner booked an alpaca walk for us as a surprise for my birthday. We were greeted by Caroline and David on arrival alongside their beautiful cat Theo. The atmosphere was so welcoming. Throughout the visit we were able to interact with the alpacas, learn interesting facts, have them chance to feed the females and then eventually walk the males. The walk is very relaxed and has beautiful scenery. Caroline and David made the experience fantastic by sharing their knowledge about the alpacas and the area, the views were simply stunning. David was kindly taking pictures which were later sent to us as you get too wrapped up in the great experience to even pick your phone up. At the end we got to feed the male alpacas carrot sticks which was a fantastic ending to the day. Thank you all so much for such a great birthday!Written 17 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We called here for a breakfast stop en-route to Hadrian's Wall. Food was freshly prepared to order and bacon was nice and crispy. The cafe was spotlessly clean.Written 16 September 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Hexham
- The best day trips from Hexham according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Hadrian's Wall, Roman Britain & the Borders Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
- Rosslyn Chapel and Hadrian's Wall Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
- The Romans and Hadrian's Wall Day Tour from Windermere
- Hadrian's Wall - Full Day - Up to 4 People
- Hadrian's Wall - Full Day - Up to 8 People