THE Vindolanda Museum and the Roman Army Museum on Hadrian's Wall are being invaded again.
But this time it's not by Roman soldiers, it's by friendly day trippers from Amsterdam who have taken advantage of the special DFDS Seaways' 'Edge of Empire' tour in conjunction with EastCoast Tours.
This unique package offered by DFDS to its Dutch passengers was first launched in 2011 with passengers booking tours to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Due to the popularity of this package – 300 passengers took the tour in 2011 – this year the Edge of Empire tour to Vindolanda and the Roman Army Museum has been introduced.
Passengers travelling to the North East with DFDS Seaways disembark the ferry at North Shields in the morning and spend the day in the region. They are collected on arrival by a taxi from EastCoast Tours and driven along the scenic route along Hadrian's Wall to the Roman Army Museum where they put on their glasses to watch the only 3D film being shown about the World Heritage Site.
It's then off to Vindolanda to see the extensive excavations and artefacts including the famous Vindolanda Writing Tablets from 300 years of Roman occupation.