Caerleon Roman Fortress Baths hold free guided tours

Friday 15 February 2013

Tourists and local residents are invited to Caerleon on Saturday, 30 March to enjoy free informative guided tours around the baths, amphitheatre and barracks, in the company of local knowledgeable tour guide Bob Trett.

More than two million people visit Cadw’s 128 historic sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breathtaking historic sites and monuments. There are fascinating stories from over the centuries to uncover.

The town of Caerleon encompasses the site of the 50-acre Roman Legionary Fortress of Isca, the permanent base of the Second Augustan Legion in Britain from about AD75. Extensive remains of the fortress baths, amphitheatre, barracks and fortress wall survive here.

The free guided tours will give visitors the opportunity to take a step back in time, and learn about the history and customs of this important outpost of the Roman Empire, all in the company of a well-informed guide.  Bob Trett will be conducting tours around both the indoor and outdoor areas of the site, giving glimpses into what life would have been like for a Roman soldier nearly 2000 years ago.

Doug Warren, Custodian at Caerleon Fortress Baths, said: 'Our history in Wales is littered with amazing stories from all different eras, and Cadw has created a programme of events this year to bring these stories to life for visitors. I’m sure that after visiting us, to misquote Caius Julius Caesar, people will be saying – I came, I saw, I enjoyed!'

The tours will take place on Saturday, 30 March at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, and each will last approximately 1.5 hours. The tours start in the baths building, located on the High Street in the centre of Caerleon, and both the tours and entrance to the site are free of charge.  For more information on events, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.

For more information about the event contact custodian Julia Hawley on 01633 422518 or Julia.Hawley@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK