Family-friendly free museum that really brings the Roman era to life. Visitors can even chat to a Roman soldier and learn about life in the legion!
High Street, Caerleon, Newport, NP18 1AE
Tel: 0300 111 2333
Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
The National Roman Legion Museum should be high on your list of places to go with the kids in South Wales.
This fantastic free museum invites families to take a trip back in time to the first century AD when the Romans built a magnificent fortress in South Wales at Caerleon, then known by its Roman name of Isca.
This fortress guarded the region for more than two centuries. The museum houses an internationally important collection of artefacts illustrating life in Roman bases and the settlements that developed around them.
Borrow a family guide and set off to explore. The imaginative displays will capture children’s interest and help them understand how the Romans lived, how they became so powerful and their legacy.
See gemstones lost by visitors to the fortress baths, a small perfume ointment bottle found in a coffin and even an iron frying pan designed with a folding handle so it would fit inside a soldier’s pack.
Discover the living conditions of ordinary Roman soldiers in the reconstructed Barrack Room.
At weekends and school holidays kids can try on replica armour and experience at first hand what life was like for a Roman soldier! To avoid disappointment, call for the exact dates before travelling.
There are computer interactives, life-size models and a Roman garden outside.
If there’s a birthday coming up in the family, don’t forget that children’s birthday parties can be held there.
Spend the rest of your free day out with the kids exploring other Roman sites in Caerleon such as the most complete amphitheatre in Britain, the remains of the Roman Legionary Barracks and the Fortress Baths.