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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Lona K. (9 months ago)
Absolutely brilliant! If you love the Roman era and anything to do with the Roman Empire and its people, this is a perfect place to discover lots of interesting facts, including a perfectly preserved amphitheatre and the barracks. Can't wait to go back! You need to plan a whole day to visit as it is in 3 different sites. You need to buy entry tickets at the Roman Baths which allows you to look around in the bath area. We didn't seem to need tickets at the museum or at the barracks. For those who travel by public transport, the best bus routes are #27 and #28 from Newport Bus station to Caerleon but check in advance in case they changed it. Have fun! ?
Caroline Gale (10 months ago)
Fascinating look at a Roman Baths complex, complete with projected water and swimmers. The information on the boards was really accessible and interesting and the short film showing a typical visit to the bath house was hilarious. Nice choice of gifts and some very nice ice cream on offer.
Jacqueline Wilkinson (12 months ago)
A lovely little village with so much history! This Roman bath house was tucked back off the main street in an unassuming building at the back of what seems to be a pub carpark, so keep your eyes open for it! But it was a great fine. Friendly staff took our £4.80 (each) entry fee and we wandered around. Lots of signage and viewpoints, all clearly laid out detailing the history and some fun interactive games for the kids (and us big kids!). A lovely little find. Glad we followed those brown Road signs!!
Pete / Hel Havard (13 months ago)
A Really good example of the baths the Romans once used, a really good exhibition, plenty of boards to read for information, amazing to see the prints left by a cat and dog and the sandal print, definitely worth a visit, good starting point to see all the sites, start at the baths, then museum then the fortress wall then the amphitheatre, then the barracks, they are all FREE except the baths unless you are a Cadw member, (£4.80) a nice little town to walk around as well with a few nice pubs.
Chris Bishop MTB (14 months ago)
Absolutely amazing place to visit bringing history up close and lots of finds to see along the way around. Situated indoors it's warm and also has parking outside. Highly recommend visiting the nearby Roman Legion Museum also..
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