Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

Newport, United Kingdom

The Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths museum is a historical site located in the town of Caerleon. Roman Wales was the farthest point west that the Roman Empire in Roman Britain extended to, and as a defence point, the fortress at Caerleon built in AD 75 was one of only three permanent Roman Legionary fortresses in Roman Britain. It was occupied and operational for just over 200 years.

The site of the baths was excavated in the late 1970s, and a curator was appointed in 1980 when the site was opened to the public.

The Roman Baths Museum lies inside what remains of the fortress of Isca Augusta close to the National Roman Legion Museum. The baths museum has a covered walkway over part of the remains of the military bath house. There was a frigidarium, tepidarium and caldarium, as well as an open-air swimming pool.



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Founded: 75 AD
Category: Museums in United Kingdom


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areq1980 (8 months ago)
Interesting place,Roman amphitheatre, army barracks, museum and Roman baths.
Amanda Tyson (8 months ago)
Brilliantly preserved site which gives a real sense of Roman Legionary life.
David O'Connor (2 years ago)
I enjoyed it and found it really interesting. My 14 year old daughter enjoyed it but wasn't quite as enthusiastic. I also enjoyed the musem which is a two minute walk around the corner and full of Roman artefacts.
trissy Rowley (2 years ago)
Fabulous little museum, packed with interesting information. Adults and children thought it really fascinating. Free of charge too.
Corette Nel (3 years ago)
If you're one who can appreciate the historical elements of a place, it's a great one to visit. You're able to meditate on both the amazing preservation of the Roman settlement's foundations and also he huge distance of time between us and those who lived here before. I love especially that you can just roam freely about the amphitheatre and barracks. We did some Googling about the location and remains to really appreciate all the elements of it, so would reccomend that!
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