National Roman Legion
High Street
Newport NP18 1AE
South Wales
This interesting museum contains superb artefacts and relics from the Caerleon Roman Fortress & Baths in Wales. In Roman Britain, Wales was the furthest outpost of the mighty Roman Empire.
In AD 75, the Romans built a fortress at Caerleon that would guard the region for over 200 years, and it is amongst the Roman remains that the museum is located. Here, visitors can learn what made the Romans a formidable force and how British life wouldn't be the same without them. The museum relates how the Romans lived, fought, worshipped and died.
One of the rare treasures in the museum was found in a well on the museum site, and it is the oldest recorded piece of writing in Wales.
Among other highlights of the museum is a Bath stone coffin containing the bones of a 2nd/early 3rd century man, buried with a small glass perfume ointment bottle and a shale cup.
Also, the museum has one of the largest gemstone collections found anywhere in the Roman Empire. These precious, intricately carved gems were discovered beneath the Fortress Baths remains, lost by bathers between AD 80 and AD 230.
As well as the many individual highlights, there is plenty of authentic Roman pottery and other utensils on show including an iron frying pan sporting a folding handle to fit inside a soldier’s pack.
Roman Garden
The replica Roman garden established at the museum gives visitors the chance to enjoy the same sights, sounds and smells as their Roman ancestors.
It is designed as a series of outdoor rooms divided by miniature box hedges and bay trees with vines climbing the open-air dining area (the triclinium).
The Romans were among the first people to establish gardens for decorative purposes. A garden was considered to be an extension of the house and treated as an outdoor room, ideal for entertaining guests, relaxing and unwinding.
Roman gardens contained fruit, vegetables and herbs for food and medicine, and many plants and flowers were used in religious practices. Unfortunately, the British climate restricted the range of plants that could flourish. Nevertheless, many of the familiar garden plants we see today were introduced by the Romans. The current gardening and horticultural techniques of turning soil in the autumn and mixing compost, hoeing beds and sowing seeds in spring is another Roman legacy. Go to Web:  National Roman Legion Museum   for images of the Roman Garden.
Opening Hours
10:00 – 17:00 hours Monday–Saturday
14:00 – 17:00 hours Sunday.
For safety reasons, the museum reserves the right to conduct bag searches upon entry.
Disabled Access
Entry to the museum for wheelchair users and those with pushchairs is to the right of the front steps via a ramp.
There are parking spaces 50 yards from the front of the museum down the adjacent street but none of these are designated for orange badge holders. Assistance dogs are permitted within the museum.
For visually impaired visitors there is a handling collection available on request. Free loans of large print guide books may be organised at the entrance.
For more accessibility information go to  Web:   National Roman Legion Museum/ Accessability 
- Entrance to the museum is level through glass doors
- There are parking spaces 50 yards from the front of the museum down the adjacent street however none of these are designated for orange badge holders
- There is a unisex WC
- A wheelchair is available on request. This chair cannot be pre-booked and is provided on a first come first served basis. However, the Front Desk will be notified if an advance request is made
- Seating is available throughout The Gallery.
- There are NO refreshment facilities at the museum but the village has numerous refreshment outlets.
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  0300 111 2 333
Getting There
- By Car
From the M4 motorway westbound exit at Junction 25 and take the B4596 to Caerleon.
From the M4 motorway eastbound exit at Junction 26 and take the B4596 to Caerleon.
- By Bus
NewportCaerleon: Route Nos. 27, 28, and 28B.
Newport – Cwmbran:. Route Nos. 29 and 29B.
- By Rail
The nearest station is Newport on the Cardiff to Newport/London/Manchester/Liverpool route. The station is 4 miles/6 km away
- By Bicycle
Use Bike NCN Route No.46. (A distance of 2.5 miles/4 km).
For further information, please contact:
- Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233
- National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50  or  Web:  National Rail Enquiries
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