National Roman Legion Museum

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Almost 2000 years ago, the Roman Empire dominated the civilised world. Britain was its furthest outpost and, in AD 75, a fortress was founded at Caerleon which would guard the region for over 200 years. Today, at the Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon, you will learn what made the Romans a formidable force. You'll see how they lived, slept and ate; how they marched and practised for battle; which gods they worshipped, and which jewels they wore and valued. Children visiting in the holidays can dress up in Roman costume and take part in all sorts of activities, and they can visit the nearby Amphitheatre where specators watched real Gladiators battle to death. How did it feel to be a Roman soldier? Find out at the Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon. The Capricorn Centre is an exciting addition for schools and families. Step back in time into a full-size barrack room, try on a replica suit of armour, see how food was prepared, peel away the centuries to explore the life of a legionary soldier.

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Opening hours

10am–5pm Monday–Saturday
2pm–5pm Sunday

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Weapons and War

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For Better or Worse: Women at War

  • 2 March 2017 — 31 August 2018 *on now

This display highlights the challenges and opportunities faced by women caught up in war.
It focuses on women’s lives during the Roman period and during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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The Caerleon Challenge

This multimedia resource for schools focuses on the Fortress Baths, Caerleon. It is aimed at Year 3 children studying the Romans as part of their history curriculum.
The structured Microsoft PowerPoint presentation allows children to navigate through the tasks, and links to a multimedia resource bank provided by NMGW and CADW. It includes drawings, photos, video, virtual reality scenes and interactive drag-and-drop activities.
Tasks also link to web sites and history related books to assist children. The resource supports a visit to Roman Caerleon. NMGW also offer loan boxes to schools, containing replicas of items found at the Fortress Baths.


  • The National Museum and Galleries of Wales
  • CADW
  • Newport LEA

How to obtain

Available as a free downloadable zip file from the website.

National Roman Legion Museum
High Street
NP18 1AE




01633 423 134


01633 422 869

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