Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths

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Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
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Museum location in Newport, Wales
Location Caerleon, Newport, Wales
Coordinates 51°36′36″N2°57′19″W / 51.61005°N 2.95529°W / 51.61005; -2.95529 Coordinates: 51°36′36″N2°57′19″W / 51.61005°N 2.95529°W / 51.61005; -2.95529
TypeArchaeological museum
Owner Cadw
Website Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths
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Interior of the Roman Baths Museum
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The Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths museum (Welsh : Caer a Baddonau Rhufeinig Caerllion Amgueddfa) is a historical site located in the town of Caerleon, South Wales. Near to the city of Newport, it is run by the Welsh historic environment service Cadw.


Background and history

Roman Wales was the farthest point west that the Roman Empire in Roman Britain extended to, and as a defence point, the fortress at Caerleon built in AD 75 was one of only three permanent Roman Legionary fortresses in Roman Britain. It was occupied and operational for just over 200 years.

The site of the baths was excavated in the late 1970s, and a curator was appointed in 1980 when the site was opened to the public. [1]

The Roman Baths Museum lies inside what remains of the fortress of Isca Augusta close to the National Roman Legion Museum. The baths museum has a covered walkway over part of the remains of the military bath house. There was a frigidarium, tepidarium and caldarium, as well as an open-air swimming pool. [2]

The baths museum is administered by Cadw, as are the remains of Isca Augusta. Within a short walk of the baths museum are:

There were over 40,000 visitors to the Baths in 2012. [3]

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  1. Sebastian Rahtz; Paul Reilly (2 September 2003). Archaeology and the Information Age. Routledge. p. 94. ISBN   978-1-134-89835-0.
  2. "Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths" . Retrieved 2018-01-27.
  3. "Caerleon's Roman baths get record visitor figures". South Wales Argus. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2015.