If you are planning to visit the National Roman Legion Museum (part of National Museum Wales) please check the museum's current opening times and ticketing requirements.
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.
How to visit
- purchase your admission tickets on arrival (or book online)*
- view our opening times and prices below
- check Welsh Government health & safety advice before visiting.
*pre-booked tickets are non-refundable.
Caerleon Roman Fortress Guidebook
Buy your guidebook online today
10% off for Cadw members!
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Prices & Tickets
Assistance dogs only at this site.
Pay and display car park adjacent to the baths, approx. 20 spaces.
No specific accessible parking
On-site exhibition within monument.
Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.
Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.
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.
The National Roman Legion co-ordinates all education visit bookings for combined Cadw site/museum visits at Caerleon.
All the information you need is here https://museum.wales/roman/learning.
To make a booking please call 02920 573547
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 03000 252239
High St, Caerleon, Newport NP18 1AE
For contractors and deliveries please ring 01633 422518
Rydym yn croesawu galwadau’n Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.