On this page you will find helpful information for:

Visit Itinerary - Suggested times for visits to each site and what to see.

Resources - Self-guided visit resources and activities to download.

Pre-visit information - Costs, hazard analysis and familiarisation visits.

Preparing the Children - What to wear, what to expect.

Useful Links & Further Resources - Added extras to do on the day or in the classroom.

Visit Itinerary

This suggested itinerary starts at the Roman Army Museum & Magna Fort but you can start at either site - just reverse the itinerary if you wish to start at Vindolanda.

MORNING (estimated time 1.5 hours)

See the Edge of Empire award winning high-definition film on the hour and the half hour. Step into our Roman classroom with our holographic teacher Veilius (can be booked for schools use only). See full scale replicas and artefacts which illustrate life on the frontier. 

NOTE: Roman Army Museum is an indoor 'all-weather' attraction which is fully accessible.

Transfer to Vindolanda about 15 minutes by following the line of Hadrian’s Wall through the scenic Northumbrian countryside.

AFTERNOON (estimated time 2 hours)Aerial View of ancient monument Vindolanda Roman Fort

Live excavations (April-June & September, Mon-Fri. Weather permitting). See the most excavated fort and civilian settlement on Hadrian's Wall and visit the full size replicas of Hadrian's Wall in stone and timber. In the museum explore hundreds of artefacts, including leather boots and shoes, armour and weapons, wooden objects and the Vindolanda writing tablets. To complete your visit, why not take a look in our shop with great affordable range of books, gifts and souvenirs.

Roman Soldier School - November 2024

New for 2024 join us at the Roman Army Museum for Roman Soldier School education days. Tuesday - Thursday during November spend your whole day at the Roman Army Museum, enhance your group visit with multi-sensory experiences and an accessible staff-led workshop. You can book now for November 2024. 

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Download and print any of our free curriculum-based worksheets, session plans and guides to aid your visit. The leaders guide is for adult leaders and teacher's supervising the trip.These include warm up activities, maps, answers and extra activities to do while at the Roman Army Museum or Vindolanda.

Choose from the following themes: 

Roman War Machine - Explore the Roman War Machine and how the natives might have felt when the invading force arrived.

Things we share - Discover aspects of what we have in common with the Romans and what our differences are.

What did the Romans do for us? - Can we still see evidence of the Romans in modern society? What is their lasting impact?

Roman Vindolanda

Fort & Museum

Roman Army Museum

& Magna Fort


Things We Share

Session Plan

Worksheet - Museum

Worksheet - Site

Leader's Guide

Session Plan


Leader's Guide

Roman War Machine

Session Plan

Worksheet - Museum

Worksheet - Site

Leader's Guide

Session Plan


Leader's Guide

What Have The Romans Done For Us?

Session Plan

Worksheet - Museum

Worksheet - Site

Leader's Guide

Session Plan


Leader's Guide

Pre-visit Information

Familiarisation Visit: We encourage all teachers to come to the site for a familiarisation visit, it helps to orientate yourself on the day and can help you get a sense of the flow of the day. Vouchers for a visit to either or both sites can be organised please make sure to tick the box on the booking form if this is something you are interested in. 


2023-2024 School group prices for groups of 15 or more.

We offer 1 free adult to every 10 children. Any additional adults would enter at the child price.

Vindolanda Standard


Roman Army Museum Standard


Combined ticket for both sites    


Hazard Analysis: We provide a Hazard Analysis sheet, it is not a risk assessment but will aid the group leader in the completion of one. It is the responsibility of the group leader to monitor the behaviour and safety of their group at all times. Contact the nearest member of museum staff in case of an accident/emergency.

Hazard Analysis Sheet

Preparing the Children

As Vindolanda is an active excavation site, the terrain underfoot can be slightly rocky. The fort is on an exposed, outdoor site, so visitors should be appropriately dressed for the weather (waterproof clothing or sun cream). There is also a steep hill leading from the main excavation site down to the museum, so we advise all of our visitors to wear sturdy footwear. The Roman Army Museum is all indoors and some of the galleries are dark and there are full scale mannequins. Audio presentations have audio loops for the hard of hearing.

The children can watch a promotional video on our YouTube channel to help them understand what they will see on the day. For more information about the accessibility of our museums you can visit each museums accessibility page which has sensory maps, visual stories and more.

Roman Vindolanda

Roman Army Museum

Code of Conduct while at our sites

We ask all visitors to our sites to follow a few simple rules. We ask:

  1. If you can, organize the children into smaller groups.
  2. You to ask the children to be aware and respectful of other visitors. They are enjoying their visit too.
  3. That children are supervised at all times while on sites and in museums.
  4. If taking photographs, that you/the children do not use flash as this is disruptive to other visitors and can be damaging to objects.

Lunch options

We welcome students to bring pack lunches

  • There are picnic tables in the Roman Army Museum car park and also in the museum gardens at Vindolanda. At Vindolanda there is a small croft building that can be used for lunches on inclement days, it is not bookable.
  • Food is available from cafes at both our sites, please let us know if your group would like to use the cafe so we can prepare appropriately. Our cafes cannot be used for eating packed lunches.
  • We can offer packed lunches for school groups with advanced notice. If you would like packed lunches for your group please mentions this during the booking process.
  • Please make sure to put littler in bins provided and be aware of other visitors using the facilities.

Getting to the sites

Visitor Facilities

Visitor facilities at both sites include cafes, gift shops, toilets, picnic areas, and free parking. 

Don’t forget to plan time for the museum shop. 

We welcome school children into our shops to purchase souvenirs of their visits. This gives the children an excellent time to try out their money using skills. It helps to make it the best possible experience if they can use the shop in small groups. We also offer pre purchased goody bags.

Book Your visit

Ready to book your visit fill in our booking request form below. If your dates are available you will receive an email confirmation of your booking. If you would like to check availability or discuss any aspects of your visit you can call and speak to a member of our staff on 01434 344 277.

School Booking Request Form 

Useful Links & Information

Classroom review

We offer a downloadable PowerPoint which can be used in the classroom to reinforce the learning which has taken place during your visit.

In the Classroom

You can access a number of fun games and activities which can be used across the curriculum including math games, art projects and literacy puzzles which can be used in the classroom. We also have a number of short video clips, kids blogs and FAQs which the children might want to access to back up their learning in the classroom. We also update our excavation news frequently and you can follow us on social media to keep up to date.

Additional Resources Page       In the Classroom   

Tell us how we did?

We will email you an evaluation form after your visit. We ask if you would kindly fill this in for us as we work very hard to make sure your school is getting the best visit possible and would really appreciate your feedback.

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