Caerleon Roman Barracks: What happened to all the stone?
Sections of the Roman fortress wall and Barracks still survive despite locals in times gone by using the more accessible facing stones for their own building purposes.
Many premises in the village are constructed of 'Roman' stone!
Visit the Caerleon Roman Museum
While visiting Caerleon, you should also spend an hour inside, in the museum, once you have given your dogs a run, and provided it is not too hot and sunny to leave them in the car awhile. You can either walk from the Roman Barracks Car Park, to the museum, or, to get your car and dogs nearer the museum, you can drive to the museum car park itself - assuming there are spaces available.
Do not miss out on the museum. The National Roman Legion Museum houses a superb display of artefacts found in the region, as well as having demonstration rooms and the reconstruction of legionaries' quarters. Loads of fascinating reading boards to browse. This really does permit you to journey into the past. It is quite remakable this small rather inaccessible place in the middle of South Wales was such a major Roman Garrison in the Roman era. One of the most important Roman Garrisons in Britain and one of the three largest.
Like other National Museums and Galleries of Wales, entry is free. The museum organises an excellent variety of events right through the year (there is a small charge for some of these). There are details of these events on Caerleon Net's Events Page so you might want to time your visit to coincide with anything that is going on at the time of your holiday.
Location: High Street, opposite Broadway.
Tel.: 01633 423 134 Email the Museum
Open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 2pm-5pm Sunday. Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan.
National Museums and Galleries of Wales website - see Caerleon Museuem page.
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