Caerleon, Caerwent & Chepstow



The ruins of the Roman Legionary Fortress of Isca Augusta (c.75-300 AD).

Also home to some legends about King Arthur, a sculpture trail & courtyard, picturesque streets & lovely locals.

Starting the day with a selfie (with the mother). I have wanted to see Caerleon & its amphitheatre for a long time, as is evident by the smile on my face 😁

Caerleon/ Isca Augusta amphitheatre; photos & video.

Some Roman art on display in the Roman Legionary Museum in Caerleon – a beautifully crafted ivory tragic mask smaller than my palm, magnificent glass work, & tiny sculpted gemstones the size of (or smaller) my fingernails, among them.

Some examples from a coin hoard on show in the Roman Legionary Museum in Caerleon. Chariots, Romulus & Remus, Egypt personified, Trajan’s column, a winged horse & Vespasian were some of my favourites.

At the Roman Baths Museum in Caerleon, on the site of the legionary fortress baths. Large exercise pool with frigidarium at the far end on the left & the caldarium on the right.

The Roman fortress legionary barracks are pretty big & very well preserved foundation-wise. Great fun stepping in & out of rooms first used nearly 2000 years ago.

Sharing this lovely, funny sign I saw in a cafe, simply because I couldn’t agree more! 🍦🍦🍦

A few pieces of sculpture from throughout the day (& evening) that are scattered around Caerleon.


Restaurant recommendation:

The Priory, in the centre of Caerleon.

Wonderful. All of it.

The building, the atmosphere, the service, the way you ordered (up to a meat & fish counter to take your pick from what’s in), & the food itself was divine! πŸ˜‹ I highly recommend it.



The ruins of the Roman town of Venta Silurum (founded c.75 AD – occupied til 4th century AD).

Anti-clockwise from top left: shops, houses, drainage (i love a good bit of Roman drainage), the forum complete with basilica, & (views from both ends of) the temple.



Norman castle, continually modified & in occupation from 1067 until the 1600’s.

What a beauty! 😍

Anti-clockwise from top left: the main gate, vaulted ceiling with intricate detailing, private window (with seat you can’t see below), & the main two storey Norman hall.

Some brilliant metal sculpture work just inside the gateway of Chepstow Castle – combining new in with the old extremely well aesthetically.


Restaurant recommendation:

Panevino, near the river in Chepstow.

Unassuming, gorgeous look & feel, great service, & wonderful food – the most delicious risotto I’ve ever tasted (porcini & pollo) πŸ˜‹



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