Roman Army Museum (Carvoran) Hadrian's Wall


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The Museum

This very spacious must see museum stands next to Walltown Crags, one of the highest standing sections of Hadrian’s Wall. Fabulous new exhibitions in three exciting galleries allow you to immerse yourself in the life of the Roman army - there is nothing else like this on Hadrian’s Wall!


The Museum & Collections

When you enter Gallery 1 you walk straight into the role of the army in the Roman Empire. Watch the Empire expand and contract, learn more about the strength and variety of different types of soldier, look at real Roman artefacts from Vindolanda including the only Roman helmet crest ever to be discovered, listen to the recruiting officer and decide whether to join up.

Now take a time line walk into Gallery 2 where the main room is devoted to Hadrian’s Wall with a spectacular image banner of truly monumental proportions. A side room highlights the successful invasion and occupation of Britain by the Romans and leads to the 3D film theatre. The 3D film gives an aerial view of the Wall as it is today then transports you back nearly 2000 years to Roman times for a truly memorable time travel experience.

You now have time to visit Hadrian and find out more about his life from boyhood to Emperor and frontier builder before entering Gallery 3 where the daily life of the multi-cultural army on the Wall awaits

Immerse Yourself!

Our award winning 3D film is your half way stop around the Roman Army Museum. In 20 rich immersive minutes you will soar like an eagle across the majestic Northumberland landscape, over Hadrian’s Wall and through a thousand years of history. See for yourself in incredible 3D detail what life was like on the wall for our ambitious soldier ‘Aquila’, what it took to rise through the ranks and why many didn’t make it! Battle and boredom - an intoxicating mix of emotions for those tasked with defending Hadrian’s honour!

The Might of Rome

A mighty army pounding its way across Europe, a relentless and brutal pursuit of power, the creation of one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Learn about a professional fighting force that today we take for granted but 2000 years ago was unusual. Highly organized, trained and skilled, the Roman Army was an unstoppable force. It was a way of life and it has left its legacy in our language and law, our sports stadiums, and even our money. The Roman Army Museum brings to life what it meant to live in this time of blood and brutality from both in and outside the empire. Careful you don’t get drafted in as an auxillary!


Life As A Roman Soldier

How do fighters stave off boredom? They train... and then they train some more. The Roman Army Museum will challenge you to prove that you have what it takes to be a Roman soldier. Can you handle your weapons? Could you defend the empire? Would you live to tell the tale? Every aspect of a soldier's life was controlled by the army – this was a life of order and discipline. Did you know soldiers were often more afraid of their centurion than of the enemy? Step out of line or fall asleep on duty and you could be beaten or even executed. Show cowardice and your whole unit could be punished – fancy being randomly chosen by lottery and then beaten to death by your fellow men?

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Ticketing and entry prices for Roman Army Museum (Carvoran) Hadrian's Wall

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(Joint Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda Ticket (Adults))
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Please note that children under five are admitted free and the child age range is 5 to 18yrs (if still in full time education); For hygiene reasons, animals, excluding guide dogs for the blind, are not allowed at either site.
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Excellent for older children on a wet day

W6886EUcharlotteb, Bath, United Kingdom
Having been before, I was impressed that the museum continues to improve the various ways information is presented and the high quality of the audio visual entertainment. My three children loved it and would be happy to go back again tomorrow! The Edge of Empire 3D film is worth the ticket price alone, especially if you buy a joint ticket with the sister site at Vindolanda. It would be well worth visiting the museum before going to Vindolanda as all the information at the museum would really bring the enormous site of Roman remains alive. The cafe is also very good with friendly staff, and very good hot chocolate and a good pot of tea. I think more could be made of the fort outside but that is just a minor quibble. We love going.

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Hamian, Falkirk, United Kingdom
Thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile visit. Great insight into the Roman occupation at the Edge of the Empire.

What have the Romans ever done for us ?

a_marshall7, Preston, United Kingdom
A very good informative and well presented snap shot of the Roman occupation of Britannia. Plenty of archaeology to view of the day to day workings to defend the barrier that is Hadrian's wall. For anyone studying the Romans you need to put this on your itinerary. Vindolanda is still very much still work in progress as to on going digs. Seeing it in person will give you a greater appreciation of the bleak out post of the Edge of the Empire.

Interesting and informative. Variety of displays and videos.

FrancesF703, Chester, United Kingdom
Great museum demonstrating what it would be like to be a Roman soldier. Interesting variety of displays and videos that kept all ages attentive. Nice picnic area in front of museum and easy access to a beautiful section of the Wall with stunning views towards Scotland

Terrific museum - and chance to climb up to the wall

The museum itself is small but superbly designed, displaying a range of fascinating artefacts whilst also offering a vivid insight into life for Romans and Ancient Britons alike. The interactive elements delighted our children, and slightly gruesome mysteries were thought-provoking for our teenagers. There is a nice gift shop and chance for a cup of tea and a cake. We had tickets as part of our Vindolanda visit (although it might have been better to come here first to give the context to the Vindolanda site) but had not yet encountered the wall itself. However a two minute walk out of the museum brought us to a quarry car park from where we could see the wall snaking dramatically above us on a steep crag. The walk up to the wall was steep but not unmanageable and took about 20 minutes. The reward was a stunning view of the landscape around us, and a sense of the technological miracle that the construction of this wall in such a tortuous and inhospitable location, (let alone guarding it!) was. We would thoroughly recommend the museum and the wall, and we will certainly return here in the future.

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