Edge of Empire: Romans in South Wales

3 days

From $885

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Life in ancient Caerleon and Caerwent

The most Westerly part of the Roman Empire, South East Wales presents some of the finest Roman remains in the UK, boasting both Caerleon and Caerwent, which invite us to consider not only the lives of soldiers but the lives of ordinary people in a Celtic town. Caerleon, the headquarters for the Legio II Augusta, presents a number of photogenic remains, including barracks, baths and an amphitheater; it was also known by both Bede and Gildas, who described the martyrdoms of two saints, Julius and Aaron. In turn, Caerwent, the ancient town of Venta Silurum, built by Rome to accommodate the defeated Celtic Silures, is one of the hidden gems of Roman Britain, boasting the best-preserved Roman city wall in the country with magnificent projecting towers. Within the walls, we will visit the excavated remains which include part of the Forum/Basilica, a temple, a number of houses and shops. In the medieval church a Roman statue base, altar and other fragments of sculpture are on display. The tour continues to Lydney, set in the southern fringe of the Forest of Dean, where an extensive Roman Temple complex was excavated by Sir Mortimer Wheeler in the 1920s. Built within the ramparts of an Iron Age hillfort, visible remains include a large temple of unusual plan and a bath-house, all with spectacular views across the Severn Estuary. The excavated artefacts are all on display at the site and include the 'Lydney Dog', an exquisite cast bronze figurine of a hunting hound.

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon in the company of Dr Mark Lewis
  • Visit Caerleon, one of the most important legionary barracks in the Roman Empire
  • Explore Caerwent with its impressive Roman wall, one of the most significant in Britain

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Mark Corney is an Archaeologist, broadcaster and former Senior Landscape Investigator with the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments of England.

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Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
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  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
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Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
September 24 2021 ASSE210924 September 24 2021 (Friday) September 26 2021 (Sunday) Mark Corney $885
(ex. flights)
$250 $265 Book Now
May 13 2022 ASSE220513 May 13 2022 (Friday) May 15 2022 (Sunday) Mark Corney $975
(ex. flights)
$250 $275 Book Now
September 2 2022 ASSE220902 September 2 2022 (Friday) September 4 2022 (Sunday) Mark Corney $975
(ex. flights)
$250 $275 Book Now
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