The Roman Remains In Caerleon
Roman Fortress of ISCA
Sections of the Roman fortress wall still survive ... despite locals in times gone by using the more accessible facing stones for their own building purposes. Many premises in the village are constructed of 'Roman' stone! The more adventurous visitor may like to walk along the path that runs on top of the southern corner of the fortress wall. Caerleon is proud to be a member of the Walled Towns Friendship Circle.
The amphitheatre stands just outside the walled area. It once could seat a whole legion - up to six thousand spectators. Nowadays it is sometimes used for open air events and re-enactments. Entry is free (except for special events) and there is free parking nearby in Broadway (off High Street). For more information about the amphitheatre and its excavation follow this link. For amazing film of the amphitheatre from above follow this link.
Caerleon has the finest remains of Roman barrack buildings in Europe. This block housed a century - 80 men. The larger rooms in the foreground were for the centurion. Legionaries shared quarters - eight men to a room.
The National Roman Legion Museum houses a superb display of artefacts found in the region, as well as having demonstration rooms and the reconstruction of legionaries' quarters. Like other National Museums and Galleries of Wales, entry is free. The museum organises an excellent variety of events right through the year (there is a small charge for some of these) details on Caerleon Net's Events Page.
Location: High Street, opposite Broadway.
Tel.: 01633 423 134 Email the Museum
Open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 2pm-5pm Sunday. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan.
National Museums and Galleries of Wales website click here.
Roman Baths Museum nearby uses modern technology to give
the visitor a vivid image of its former grandeur. The museum
is run by CADW, so opening times are not exactly the same
as the Legionary Museum. Audio
guide and videos available.
Location: High Street, parking in the Bull Inn car park.
Tel.: 01633 422518 Email Cadw
01.04.12 - 31.10.08: 09.30 -17.00 open daily
01.11.12 - 31.03.13: 09.30 - 17.00 Monday to Saturday, 11.00 - 16.00 Sunday
CADW website click here, & here for Caerleon page