Not far from Cardiff is a fabulous Roman Town. It is an archaeologist dream. It has shops, a temple, a Basilica Forum (I don't know either but I think it's like their main town square). So off we went on Tuesday to visit Caerwent Roman Town.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the Roman Town is in a quiet village with a dedicated car park, toilets and picnic tables. It is totally safe for children and Bear loved it. Each area has an information board and map. It is all suitable for buggy's too.
Caerwent has so much for everyone. The history of the ruins is described on the explanation boards and it is just a great open space for toddlers to have fun. Oh and it's free.
|It has great places to sit....|
|To run some more....|
|Bear stand still and look at Nanny! No! I'm off......|
Just at the other end of the village are the Roman Town walls. These are so well preserved and run along the roadside and around one side of the village.
We had spent nearly two hours here and Bear was tired so we didn't follow the walls to the end. We bounced the buggy down some steps and walked along a green lane towards the church. The green lane takes you back to the main road and the memorial but we climbed over a stone stile into the churchyard. We were looking for a Roman altar and another carved stone. We found them in the Church, just inside the door. There is an explanation board on the wall.
|The green lane near the church|
|The church bells ring out each hour|
The altar reads;
To the god Mars Ocelus, Aelius Augustinus, optio willingly and deservedly fulfilled his vow.
An optio was a sub-centurion.
The above stone is the base of a statue and it reads;
To Tiberius Claudius Paulinus, once commander of the second Augustan Legion, next proconsul of the province of Gallia Narbonensis, now imperial governor of the province of Lugdunensis; by decree of the council of the community of the state of the Silures.
|The explanation board in the church|
|Picnic tables and more explanation boards by the car park|
The site is maintained by CADW and entrance is free. It really is worth a visit. Bear loved it and so did we.
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