Frigidarium, tepidarium, caldarium and natatio. Sounds like one of Harry Potter’s spells! In fact, they describe the wide range of facilities on offer to the Second Augustan Legion and other residents at their state-of-the-art leisure complex. We are talking heated changing rooms, a series of cold and warm baths, covered exercise rooms and even an open-air swimming pool. Roman Britain wasn’t that bad at all if you were a Roman.

Leisure time was important and Caerleon – or Isca as it was known in Roman times – had it all laid out. Your average resident liked nothing better after a relaxing bathe than to head off to the nearby amphitheatre for a bit of blood and gore. Ringside seats would have been rather a messy affair as gladiator and beast fought tooth and claw for their lives.

The remains on view at Caerleon provide the visitor with a vivid picture of life in second-century Roman Britain. Some 12 miles down the Roman road you will come across Venta Silurum, the first town in Wales and the tribal capital of the Silures. We call it Caerwent today. If you get a chance pop down to see its surrounding walls and the remains of shops, a Romano-Celtic temple and the Forum-Basilica.

Useful Information

High Street Caerleon Newport NP18 1AE Wales
phone: 01633 422518 fax:

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Last admission 30 mins before closing.
1 Apr-31 Oct 09 daily 9.30am-5pm
1 Nov 09-31 Mar 10 Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Asisstance dogs only. Dogs must be kept on leads at the Amphitheatre and Barracks. No smoking.

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