Caerleon - the “fortress of the Legion” - was one of the most important military sites in Britain under the Roman Empire, home of the 2nd Augustan Legion and housing 5,000 soldiers and horsemen, with an amphitheatre, baths, shops and temples.
Today Caerleon is an attractive historic town with a selection of pubs, restaurants and tea rooms.
See the Digital Roman Caerleon Trail for a walk through time.
Download Trail leaflet 1 and Trail leaflet 2
Roman port found
In the summer of 2011, a team of volunteers and academics from Cardiff University found a Roman port in Caerleon, one of only two in Britain.
See the Cardiff University dig page.
Amphitheatre and barracks
The amphitheatre and barracks – currently the only Roman barracks block visible in Europe – are open free to the public all year, with the exception of occasional events.
The Legend of King Arthur
Legend has it that Caerleon was the first of King Arthur’s Courts, the Amphitheatre allegedly being the site of the famous Round Table.
Read about how the legend developed on the Caerleon Net website.
For more information about the trail from Caerleon, up to the Black Mountains and on to the wonders of the Wye Valley, and for a downloadable version of the trail leaflet, go to the Home of the Legend of King Arthur website
The Ffwrrwm Arts and Crafts Centre has several craft shops, a tea-room and restaurant, art gallery and sculpture garden.
For further information and images of Caerleon past, present and future, visit the Caerleon Net website. The flourishing Caerleon arts scene is detailed on the Caerleon Arts website.
How to get here
Train – as far as Newport city centre and on by bus, bike or on foot
Bus – from Newport city centre bus station, services 27,28 and 28B
Bike or on foot – on the NCN route 88 from Newport city centre
Car – coming from the west, take Jct 26 from the M4, follow brown signs or coming from the east, take Jct 25 from the M4, follow brown signs
Caerleon Tourist Information Centre