This site is now open to view or visit.
In line with Welsh Government advice and guidance, we have started to reopen a selection of our unstaffed heritage sites in a safe and controlled way — for the benefit of local communities.
We are pleased to announce that this monument is now open and is free to view or visit with no pre-booking required. Please adhere to our new visitation guidelines, act responsibly and be respectful towards the site and its local area at all times.
Site opening times, parking and other available facilities at our reopened sites may have changed. Please check this site’s webpage carefully for specific updates.
For further information on what to expect and how to stay safe during your visit, please read our FAQs page.
Roman stronghold that passed into Welsh legend
Established nearly two millennia ago, this strategically-placed fort at the edge of the Roman Empire bustled with life for more than three hundred years.
Segontium was founded by Agricola in AD77 after he brutally suppressed a rebellion by the native tribe known as the Ordovices. Designed to hold a 1,000-strong regiment of auxiliary infantrymen, it was linked by Roman roads to the main legionary bases at Chester and Caerleon.
Thanks to excavated coins we know the Romans stayed until about AD394 – no other fort in Wales was held so long. Segontium not only controlled access to fertile and mineral-rich Anglesey but later helped defend the Welsh coast against Irish pirates.
Long after the final departure of the legions Segontium passed into Welsh legend as Caer aber Seint – ‘the fort at the mouth of the Saint river’ – mentioned in The Dream of Macsen Wledig, one of the ancient tales of the Mabinogion.
Segontium site and visitor centre is open from Monday to Friday 10am–4pm*
The site is open and unstaffed on Saturday and Sunday 10am–4pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January 2020
*The visitor centre at Segontium Roman Fort is currently closed.
The site is open and free to visit between 10am–4pm.
Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.
On-site exhibition within monument.
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.
This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.
Telephone 01286 675072
Llanbeblig Rd, Caernarfon LL55 2LN