Caerleon Roman Fortress and Amphitheatre

High Street, Caerleon, Newport NP18 1AE
18 Cross Street Caerleon Wales NP18 1AF GB
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A visit of the remains on view at Caerleon will provide you with a vivid picture of life in second-century Roman Britain. You can also experience hands-on replica objects positioned around the walkway and try on Roman helmets. You will be amazed how heavy they are!

Leisure time was important and Caerleon – or Isca as it was known in Roman times – had it all laid out. Your average resident liked nothing better after a relaxing bathe and swim than to head off to the nearby amphitheatre for a bit of blood and gore. Ringside seats would have been rather a messy affair as gladiator and beast fought tooth and claw for their lives.

Some 12 miles down the Roman road you will come across Venta Silurum, the first town in Wales and the tribal capital of the Silures. It is called Caerwent today. If you get a chance, pop down to see its surrounding walls and the remains of shops, a Romano-Celtic temple and the forum-basilica.

Opening Times:
9:30 – 5:00pm – Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Costs: Free Admission

Photo Credits: © Copyright Crown copyright (2015) Cadw

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