Caerleon Roman Fortress
Above:- Roman Amphitheatre, Caerleon © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
Right:- Roman Barracks, Caerleon
© Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
Caerleon is Britain's most fascinating and revealing Roman site. It was founded in AD75 as one of only three bases in Britain for the Roman's legionary troops. These elite soldiers enjoyed the conveniences of an entire township, complete with amphitheatre and bath-house.
The excavated remains of their barracks blocks - the only examples currently visible in Europe - stand in green fields near the fortress baths, a giant leisure complex equivalent to today's sports and leisure centre. The well preserved amphitheatre, with seating for 6,000, was the setting for bloody combat involving wild beasts and gladiators. Finds from Caerleon's extensive excavations are displayed at the town's Legionary Museum.
Access:- B4596 to Caerleon, M4 (Junction 25) - Railway:- Newport 4 miles.
Telephone:- +44 1554 890104 - Joint tickets to the museum are available.
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