Caerleon

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Caerleon
A photograph taken from a house window on Caerleon Road in St Julians. The view crosses the river Usk and in the distance is the Caerleon Golf Club, and behind it, the settlement of Caerleon, on the hill with rows of houses visible. At the far right are the visible buildings of Caerleon Comprehensive School and its sports facilities.
Caerleon from St Julians, Newport
A map of Newport, Wales, showing the location of the town of Caerleon as a red dot
A map of Newport, Wales, showing the location of the town of Caerleon as a red dot
Caerleon
Location within Newport
Area9.03 sq mi (23.4 km2[1]
Population8,061 [2]
• Density893/sq mi (345/km2) [3]
DemonymCaerleonite
LanguageEnglish
Welsh
OS grid referenceST336909
• Cardiff13 mi (21 km) westwards
• London122 mi (196 km) eastwards
Community
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWPORT
Postcode districtNP18
Dialling code01633
PoliceGwent
FireSouth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
Websitenewport.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Wales
Newport
51°36′54″N 2°57′32″W / 51.615°N 2.959°W / 51.615; -2.959Coordinates: 51°36′54″N 2°57′32″W / 51.615°N 2.959°W / 51.615; -2.959

Caerleon (/kərˈlən/; Welsh: Caerllion) is a town and community on the River Usk.[4][5] It is situated 5 miles (8 km) northeast of the city of Newport, Wales and 5.5 miles (9 km) southeast of Cwmbran. Caerleon is of archaeological importance, as it is the site of a notable Roman legionary fortress, Isca Augusta, and an Iron Age hillfort.

Transport[change | change source]

Road[change | change source]

Caerleon is 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from Newport city centre and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from Cwmbran. Caerleon is 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the M4 motorway. The B4596 (Caerleon Road) links Newport city centre to Caerleon via M4 Junction 25, crossing Caerleon Bridge into Caerleon High Street. The B4236 (Ponthir Road) links Caerleon to Cwmbran. The Usk Road links Caerleon to Usk.

A regular bus service links Caerleon to Newport city centre and Cwmbran. There is a City Sightseeing open-top bus service in summer months. A cycle and pedestrian walkway alongside the River Usk links Caerleon to Malpas and Newport city centre at Crindau, route 88 of the National Cycle Network.[6]

Rail[change | change source]

Trains pass through Caerleon on the Welsh Marches Line, but do not stop at the closed Caerleon railway station. The nearest passenger stations are Newport railway station, and Cwmbran railway station.

Transport for Wales have announced that Caerleon could have a station as part of the South Wales Metro project.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. http://www.newport.gov.uk/documents/One-Newport/Caerleon-Profile-Final-2017.pdf
  2. Census, 2011
  3. List of Welsh principal areas by population density
  4. "Caerleon - Newport City Council". www.newport.gov.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  5. "Geograph:: The River Usk, looking downstream (C) Roger Cornfoot". geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  6. "'Vital' Caerleon cycle link opens". southwalesargus.co.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  7. "South Wales Metro summary brochure" (PDF). gov.wales. Retrieved 20 February 2019.