Roman Army Museum (Carvoran) Hadrian's Wall

Greenhead
Haltwhistle
Northumberland
CA8 7JB

01697 747485

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Overview

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

Type Entry for Guide price
Child 1
£3.25
per ticket
Family
(Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children))
1
£16.00
per ticket
Concession
(Senior Citizen/Students)
1
£4.75
per ticket
Single
(Adults)
1
£5.50
per ticket
Single
(Joint Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda Ticket (Adults))
1
£10.50
per ticket
Child
(Joint Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda Ticket (Children))
1
£6.00
per ticket
Family
(Joint Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda Ticket (Family - 2 adults, 2 children))
1
£32.00
per ticket
Concession
(Joint Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda Ticket (OAPs and Students))
1
£9.00
per ticket
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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tripadvisor
16/03/2017

Great museum, very interesting visit


Gilly C, Melbourne, Australia
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Roman Army Museum. It was a bitterly cold day and we had just been for a long walk, so it was very welcoming to have tea and cake in the café before starting our tour. A very interesting museum, I particularly enjoyed The Edge of the Empire 3D movie .The whole museum is well set out and easy to follow. We learnt so much about the life of the Roman soldier. Well worth a visit
tripadvisor
06/03/2017

Great little museum


las_lorien, Lancashire
Visit in conjunction with vindolanda, they sell joint tickets and would really recommend it. The museum is small but really gives you a good grounding in the basic background to the Roman army and prepares you for what you will see at vindolanda. The 3D film in particular is really useful at showing you the birds eye view of the sites and reconstructions of how they would have appeared. As it is small I can imagine it being difficult in busy seasons, but in off-peak times we pretty much had it to ourselves. Nicely interactive, it would appeal to children and being indoors is good when it is raining! Minimal cafe, I would recommend waiting until you arrive at vindolanda if wanting to buy food, as the cafe is much better there.
tripadvisor
02/03/2017

Interesting visit


Carrie E, Lincoln, United Kingdom
We went to vindolanda and bought the ticket including here. This was a great decision. The museum is all undercover. I have mobility issues but I could manage easily . The 3d screen was great but if 3d makes you que es as it does me this was not too bad. The exhibits and information is superb and we'll laid out.
tripadvisor
26/02/2017

Interesting: Great for Kids


peetajohn, Worcester, United Kingdom
This is a relatively new museum near Vindolanda. It has an excellent video about a Roman soldiers life at the wall. There are a number of interesting and informative displays and exhibits, etc. You can spend an enjoyable hour of more on a visit. There is also a nice little café and shop. Overall a small. homely and very pleasant place to visit. Also of interest is the adjacent country park which has easy access to part of the original wall and beautiful views over Northumberland and Cumbria - a little bit of a steep walk but well worth the effort. A good place to visit.
tripadvisor
24/02/2017

The best kind of museum


ajgater, Stockport, United Kingdom
Truly history brought to life....loads of interactive exhibits, 3D film was amazing and kids adored Roman school teacher. Lovely staff and coffee shop. Well recommended

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