This is the only fully-excatavated amphitheatre in the UK and thus is an important attraction. However, it was only discovered in 1926 - before that, only a big mound was to be seen which was believed to be the round table of King Arthur! Only when archaeologists decided to finally find out what was under the mound, the amphitheatre lying...more
The baths were built at around 85AD and they were very splendid in their heyday - consisting of cold and hot baths, an outdoor swimming pool and an exercise area, as well as heated changing rooms! This was where the legionaries met in their free time, to relax and care for their personal hygiene, but the aspect of chatting and socializing was...more
This museum has all kinds of Roman things on display that were found in and around Caerleon. It is only small, but there is lots to discover - there are so many interesting artifacts, from military things to everyday household goods and jewelry, tombstones to floor mosaics, religious icons to toys.There is also information on how the legion system...more
Just outside the Old fortress walls of Caerleon is the remains of the Amphitheatre, it is the best preserved example in Britain.The site had been known since the Middle Ages as King Arthur's Round Table and until 1926 it was a circular earthwork which enclosed a deep hollow. It seems that the first excavations of the site were carried out by locals...more
This museum is quite unprepossessing from the outside, but is a gem inside. The staff are helpful. There are activities for children, and exhibits are well displayed in labelled categories. I was fascinated by the skilled metalwork and the glass, and the precious stones that had been retrieved from the baths. The models of soldiers drew the...more
It was just a week after visiting Verulamium's theatre that we went to Caerleon. It seems much bigger, perhaps because the seating stands are higher, and there is no stage area, so presumably it was a venue for wrestling, swordfighting or animal baiting. It is well worth visiting.Some believe it was the round table of the Athurian legends.more
The barracks are in a field near the comprehensive school and facing a rugby pitch. There are four double blocks of living quarters, ovens, and the latrines. A huge number of men could be quartered here, although living accomodation would have been rather cramped with 8 legionnaires sharing a room. A Roman Legion had about 5500-6000 men.The remains...more
This is a Fantastic pub in the middle of Caerleon it looked old from the outside due to some drooping window sills but when we entered it was evident that the pub is really old, the sign outside says 15th Century but the name of this inn may well have been derived from the arms of a John Morgan who resided here at sometime in the Sixteenth Century....more
The Hanbury arms is situated next to the river Usk and is an Old building that has parts of a castle incorporated into it although the origins of this castle seem unclear. We called in after walking around the town and hoped to get something to eat as we had heard good reviews of the food but sadly they stopped serving at 14:30 and it was about...more
Just off the main street there is a row of small art and craft shops built on the foundations of the old Roman Wall. there are some fantastic carved statues and sculptures as well as the worlds largest love spoon. these shops are certainly worth a visit.
Changed Pictures to ones from May 2013
Our SatNav took us to Caerleon in a route that wandered up and down hills . The roads were narrow, so care must be taken when meeting another vehicle. However the scenery was great, the villages interesting. On a summer's day it would be enjoyable, but the rain was heavy and mist was hiding the mountains on the March day we made the trip.
However, we were glad we did go this way because the view we had of the Usk valley and the river with the bridge crossing it was a bonus we had not expected.
In the end of our visit to Caerleon, the guide took us to this small church in the town centre.
It was named after the celtic monk St Cadoc (also spelt St Cadog) who lived in the 6th century. He was the son of a Welsh prince and travelled as a preacher across Wales and Brittany before he founded a monastery in Llancarfan in Glamorgan. His family had connections to the Lord of Caerleon.
Some historians believe that Caerleon was a cell of St Cadoc or his successors, while others believe that the church was built upon a Roman temple and that there were already Roman christians worshipping here - there is no real evidence of any of this, although it seems certain that the location must be due to the Roman roads running through Caerleon, providing excellent connections to other parts of Wales.
Fact is that a church was first built on this site in the 12th century, but the present building was constructed in 1867 and only incorporates one arch from the 12th century, and a few more arches from the 15th and 16th century.
The church was closed when we visited, but we spent a short time at the churchyard before we left Caerleon. I liked it very much because I think it is very pretty parish church.
I had booked a guided tour that included Caerleon as well as Tintern Abbey and Raglan Castle. Although it would probably have been possible to visit these places on public transport, it was much easier like this and saved me time and hassle.I did the tour with See Wales tours and it was very good - the guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable (he...more