The residents of Haltwhistle claim their town is the center of Britain. The highlight of this town is Ashcroft, a marvelous Edwardian home surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns and gardens which offer stunning views. Also in town is the site of Vindolanda, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a Roman garrison town. The museum displays leather sandals, signature Roman helmets, and countless writing tablets. In addition to the museum the site also includes parts of the fort and town and reconstructed temple. The best preserved Roman fort in the whole country is at Housesteads. From here, you can survey the moors of Northumberland National Part. The remains of the fort include a hospital and barrack blocks. The Roman Army Museum is a kid friendly place with lots of colorful background detail on wall life.