Discover the Beautiful, Historic Village of Caerleon

Welcome to Caerleon, a charming town located in South Wales with a rich history and a vibrant arts scene. Whether you’re a history buff, an art lover, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway in the Welsh countryside, Caerleon has something to offer everyone. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the top things to see, do and visit in Caerleon.


  • The Roman Amphitheatre
 The Roman Amphitheatre is known for its Roman heritage and is one of the town’s top tourist attractions. The amphitheatre was once a venue for gladiator battles, and it could seat up to 6,000 spectators. Today, visitors can explore the site and imagine what life was like during the Roman era.


  • The National Roman Legion Museum

If you’re interested in Roman history, be sure to visit the National Roman Legion Museum. The museum is dedicated to the town’s Roman heritage and features a range of artifacts, including weapons, armour, and pottery. Visitors can learn about life in the town during the Roman era and explore the Roman barracks.


  • The Ffwrwm Arts & Crafts Centre

Caerleon has a vibrant arts scene, and the Ffwrwm Arts & Crafts Centre is a great place to explore local art and design. The centre features a range of local artists and craftspeople, and visitors can browse and purchase their work. It’s a great spot to find unique, handmade souvenirs to take home. You can also enjoy a wonderful range of food and drink in The Snug, a stunning restaurant nestled in The Ffwrwm itself.


  • The Roman Barracks

The Roman Barracks in Caerleon, Wales, is a well-preserved Roman fortification which was built during the Roman occupation of Britain. The barracks was constructed in the first century AD, and is believed to have been used to house Roman soldiers during their occupation of the area. The barracks is made up of a number of buildings and structures, including a central courtyard, granaries and a bath house. The barracks was situated near the main Roman fortress at Caerleon, and was likely used to house the troops that occupied the fortress and acted as a guard against potential threats. The barracks is a popular tourist attraction in Caerleon and provides visitors with an insight into the daily life of a Roman soldier.


  • St. Cadoc’s Church

St. Cadoc’s Church is a historic church in Caerleon that dates back to the 12th century. It’s known for its beautiful stained-glass windows and its connection to the town’s Christian heritage. Visitors can explore this beautiful church and learn about its history.


  • Caerleon Arts Festival

If you’re visiting Caerleon in July, be sure to check out the Caerleon Arts Festival. The festival features a range of art forms, including music, dance, theatre and visual art. It’s a great opportunity to experience the town’s vibrant arts scene and enjoy some live entertainment.

  • The Roman Baths

If you’re interested in Roman history, be sure to visit the Roman Baths in Caerleon. The baths were once used by the Roman soldiers for relaxation and socialising. Today, visitors can explore the remains of the bathhouse and learn about the Roman way of life.


  • The River Usk


Caerleon is located on the banks of the River Usk, which is a beautiful spot for a walk or a picnic. The river is known for its wildlife, including otters and kingfishers, and it’s a great place to relax and take in the scenery.

  • Pubs, Restaurants and Cafés


There are a vast range of pubs, restaurants and cafés in Caerleon to choose from. Many of these have historical backgrounds and this can be seen in the architecture of the buildings.


If you would like to relax and sit overlooking the River Usk then The Hanbury Arms is the place for you. This pub serves traditional pub food, snacks and drinks and is famous for its history of Alfred, Lord Tennyson frequenting the pub and writing his poetry there.


The Priory is also a very popular restaurant situated in the centre of Caerleon. This beautiful building was once a monastery in the 12th century and now serves a wide range of fresh food and drinks and also boasts a gorgeous, large beer garden.


Right opposite The Priory is Ye Olde Bull Inn, a 15th century pub that serves a great selection of pub food and a wide range of beverages. If you are a music or sports fan, this pub both shows live sport on a number of its wide-screen TVs and hosts live music nights.


In addition to restaurants, there are a number of fantastic takeaways if you fancy a quiet night in. The Prince of Caerleon is an excellent Indian restaurant, right next door to this is a brilliant pizza place, Farina Pizzeria and Pantry, and just a little further up the road from this is JJ’s Fish Bar and Chinese Takeaway.


Caerleon also has a lovely, independent village bakery and a coffee shop, Coffiology.


Whatever your tastes and whether you prefer going out to eat or dining in, there is plenty of options to choose from in Caerleon.

In conclusion, Caerleon is a charming town that offers something for everyone, from history and art to food and nature. Whether you’re planning a day trip or a longer stay, be sure to explore all that Caerleon has to offer. With so much to see, do and visit, you’re sure to have a memorable experience in this Welsh gem.


So, why wait? Book your accommodation with us at SPO Properties today and discover this stunning Welsh village for yourself!



Check out our photos we have taken throughout Caerleon. Simply click on the photos to enlarge them and get a closer look!

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