The luxury and bloodshed of life in a Roman fortress
Life was hard for a Roman legionary in first-century Wales. When he wasn’t cooped up in his barracks or being barked at by a centurion he was out risking his life in skirmishes with ancient Britons.
But here in Isca, one of just three permanent legionary fortresses in Britain, there were compensations. He could always hang out with his friends at the fortress baths – or take a stroll to the amphitheatre to watch the gladiators.
Inside a modern covered building in today’s Caerleon you can still explore the remains of the immense natatio, or open-air swimming pool, that once held more than 80,000 gallons of water. Thanks to the wonders of film projection you’ll glimpse a Roman soldier still diving the depths today.
You can also see the cramped rooms where the men slept and stored their weapons – the only Roman legionary barracks still on view in Europe.
And you can walk through the great north entrance into the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain and imagine the din of 6,000 people baying for blood.
Caerleon Roman Fortress Guidebook
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Pay and display car park adjacent to the baths, approx. 20 spaces.
No dedicated disabled spaces.
On-site exhibition within monument.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
Smoking is not permitted.
A portable induction loop is available.
Light refreshments are available.
To book your free self-led education visit to this site, please contact the National Museum of Wales directly on 02920 573546
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A video presentation is available at this site.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Postcode NP18 1AE
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.
Telephone 01633 422518
Caerleon Roman Fortress Baths
High St, Caerleon, Newport NP18 1AE