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In the days of the Roman Empire, Caerleon was the home of the 2nd Augustan Legion, housing 5,000 soldiers and horsemen, with an amphitheatre, baths, shops and temples. The National Roman Legion Museum graphically portrays the daily life of the garrison with life size models and an exciting ‘hands on’ area for children.

Aspects of Roman history are brought to life at the imaginatively displayed Fortress Baths, once a giant 'leisure centre' with heated changing rooms, swimming pool, a huge gymnasium and bath halls. The amphitheatre and barracks - currently the only Roman barracks block visible in Europe - are open free to the public all year.

Legend has it that Caerleon was the first of King Arthur’s Courts, the Amphitheatre allegedly being the site of the famous Round Table.



  • Facilities for hearing impaired


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Road: Westbound - M4 Junction 25; Eastbound - M4 Junction 26.

Rail: 6km/4mls, Newport, on the Cardiff- Newport/London/Manchester/Liverpool route.

Bus: Route Nos. 27, 28, 28B Newport - Caerleon or Route Nos. 29, 29B Newport - Cwmbran.

Bike: NCN Route No.46 (4km/2.5mls).

Accessible by Public Transport: Newport station is 4 miles away.



Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AE

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