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Caerleon - Caerllion

Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses. Today, it's a thriving town, where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents.

Towns and Villages in or near Chepstow


Caerleon was founded almost 2,000 years ago. And it would become one of the most important military sites in Britain under the Roman Empire. In fact, the name itself means “fortress of the Legion”.

Isca, to use the town’s Roman name, housed the 2nd Augustan Legion, 5,000 strong, and included an amphitheatre, baths complex, shops and temples. Much of these ancient buildings has been excavated and today’s visitors can explore many aspects of legionary life at the free-entry Roman Legion Museum.

Elsewhere in Caerleon is Ffwrwm, an arts and crafts centre tucked away in a stable yard belonging to what was once the town’s mansion house. The eclectic sculpture collection includes pieces inspired by characters and scenes from the Mabinogion, a medieval manuscript of Welsh fables.

Caerleon is also one of the locations that lays claim to being the site of Camelot, the fabled court of King Arthur. 


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O/S Ref: ST 3390

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