Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The remains on view at Caerleon provide the visitor with a vivid picture of life in second-century Roman Britain. Some 12 miles down the Roman road you will come across Venta Silurum, the first town in Wales and the tribal capital of the Silures. We call it Caerwent today. If you get a chance, pop down to see its surrounding walls and the remains of shops, a Romano-Celtic temple and the forum-basilica. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
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  • FunkyWildcat
    United Kingdom441 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good and worth a visit but could be a lot better
    We are really glad we visited and spent time here but we also left thinking the visitor experience could be SO much better. Why go? Well the Roman baths building is definitely worth into and exploring, and worth paying for. Absolutely fascinating. However from the outside it looks like a 1980s local authority building or library and it isn't clear that the building house an AMAZING piece of history. Why not great signs from the road or on the outside of the building that are in keeping with the surrounds but show of this jewel of a site? Sadly ran out of time to visit the free museum but it looked good. We did however go down and explore the amphitheatre and the old barracks. Again, fascinating but why were there no information boards or interpretation boards showing off the amazing history of this site. The biggest negative to be honest of the amphitheatre was the rank smell of the cattle in the dairy farm right next door but you can't blame CADW for that and the wind direction on that day! Overall, definitely worth visiting and a real piece of history.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • govisitheritage
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Historic Attraction
    Visited the Roman Baths this had been my second visit. The Roman Baths is a must if your in the area. The interpretation and the visual interacrtive effects are next to none. Tellimg you Caerleons stort. Youll see the remains of the Bath House the warming rooms etc. This under cover and ideal on a wet day. Very nice Cadw staff welcome yoiu to the site and very helpful. There is a small shop selling books small gifts and icecream.The remains of the Amphitheatre are a short walk away and free to enter. The Roman Legion musem near by is free if you have time, I suggest you park near the Amphitheatre as the car park by the baths is owned by the pub and charge you. 1hr sets you back £1.50.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Fatrat
    Cardiff, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    Fascinating and amazing that this has been so well preserved after such a long time. Good information to tell you what you’re seeing. Well worth a visit for an hour or so. Combine with a visit to the museum 2 minutes’ walk away. There is a fee for the baths but the museum is free so the cost overall was very reasonable I thought. Enjoyed by the whole family
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Mike W
    Weymouth, United Kingdom325 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    My friend and I are greatly interested in Ancient Rome and can recommend a visit to Caerleon. The Baths are situated in the centre of the town. we were very impressed with the sound effects and projections of swimmers in the pool. The artifacts on display are well laid out and explained in ways for all age groups to understand. The Fortress is the only Roman Legionary Fortress on display in Europe. Despite only one corner of it being excavated and on show one can get a good idea of the size of the establishment from the surviving walls. One criticism I would make is that I would like to see a few more information boards so that one can interpret the ruins better. The only one we could find was explaining the ins and outs of the latrine. Something of a similar style expailning the barrack blocks would help. There is a small pay and display car park alongside the Baths but if you park by the Fortress and Amphitheatre there is plenty of free parking.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 September 2023
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geraint H
Cwmbran, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Get there in the morning to take some amazing photos.
It is a special place. Lay in the middle looking upwards for a special experience.
Written 11 December 2023
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Sarah J
Newport, UK333 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Staff lively fascinating too, we loved it even though weather was horrendous so we didn't do outside bits but still great to do indoors in the rain
Written 16 November 2023
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Barry C
Salisbury49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This museum is sited over the outside swimming pool, nymphaeum and parts of the baths from inside the Roman fortress at Caerleon.

It has lots of information about how the baths complex were used and by whom, as well as showing short amusing films of "Romans" exercising, relaxing and using the baths. Unfortunately, much of the actual bath house is still under modern buildings, so can't be seen, but the museum has done well to give an idea of how the whole complex would have been used.

They give out a booklet in a comic book style about the general history of Roman Caerleon "Isca", as part of the entrance fee, the comic was interesting to read and there are computerised quizzes near the exit to test you on what you have learnt during your visit, which was fun.
Written 29 October 2023
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Thom w
Cardiff, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Lovely bit of history .Well looked after and wonderful on a sunny day .nice walk around a lovely pretty village great for a bit of exercise
Written 5 October 2023
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Mike W
Weymouth, UK325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
My friend and I are greatly interested in Ancient Rome and can recommend a visit to Caerleon. The Baths are situated in the centre of the town. we were very impressed with the sound effects and projections of swimmers in the pool. The artifacts on display are well laid out and explained in ways for all age groups to understand.

The Fortress is the only Roman Legionary Fortress on display in Europe. Despite only one corner of it being excavated and on show one can get a good idea of the size of the establishment from the surviving walls. One criticism I would make is that I would like to see a few more information boards so that one can interpret the ruins better. The only one we could find was explaining the ins and outs of the latrine. Something of a similar style expailning the barrack blocks would help.

There is a small pay and display car park alongside the Baths but if you park by the Fortress and Amphitheatre there is plenty of free parking.
Written 27 September 2023
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Cariadshoes
Mold, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A very interesting museum which is free, the baths are Cadw, free for members but a small charge otherwise, really interesting. Walk up the road to see the amphitheater.
Written 17 September 2023
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John L
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Well worth a visit. It’s a very pleasant walk around the village to see it all but probably not recommended for a wet day though!
Written 13 September 2023
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geraint H
Cwmbran, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
A hidden gem. Worth a visit in any weather. I love this place for photography.
Free entry, plenty of parking.
Written 2 August 2023
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iamface
Cardiff, UK1,539 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
historical ruin and so pretty at the sunny day that was not too big but still good for visit and taking some picture that was free entry.
Written 14 July 2023
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ClairefromUK
227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Friendly helpful staff. The baths have a lovely atmosphere and lots of information was provided in a booklet.
Nearby you also have a museum and remains of an Amphitheatre and Roman Barracks.

There is a car park at the baths which you need to pay and display. £1.50 for 1 hour, £2.00 for 2 hours & £2.50 for 3 hours.
If using the Bull pub next door, you can register your vehicle for free parking,

Written 1 July 2023
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CAERLEON ROMAN FORTRESS AND BATHS: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00