Posted on Monday, April 12, 2021

Caerleon Area Guide

Located on the northern outskirts of Newport, bordering the River Usk is the desirable neighbourhood of Caerleon. Famed for it’s green spaces, good schools, and strong community, Caerleon offers the best of family life. If you want to know more about living in Caerleon, including if Caerleon is a nice place to live, check out our area guide below.


Caerleon Area Guide

  1. Caerleon History
  2. Caerleon Properties
  3. Caerleon Education
  4. Caerleon Things to do
  5. Caerleon Transport
  6. Caerleon Employment
  7. Moving to Caerleon


Caerleon History

Caerleon is one of Newport’s oldest neighbourhoods and the area is of archaeological importance. Caerleon is believed to have been the location of a notable Roman legionary fortress, Isca Augusta, as well as an Iron Age hill fort. The area is also the setting of Arthurian legends, providing locals with historically rich surroundings and unspoiled countryside. Caerleon wears its history well, with many historical buildings. From the ancient priory to medieval coaching inns, reminders of the past can be found everywhere.

In more recent times, the area has been a focus for developments, with substantial modern housing and good facilities including schools, transport, sport and leisure.

Caerleon Properties

Another factor that makes Caerleon so desirable is its diverse property portfolio. The area is one of Newport’s most historically rich neighbourhoods, meaning period properties are in good supply. There are 86 listed buildings in Caerleon. However, the area is most known for its spacious family homes, mainly built in the 20th century. Detached and semi-detached houses front tree-lined streets, with both front and back lawns and ample parking. For those on a smaller budget or downsizing, Caerleon also has a good range of more affordable houses, with smaller terraces and flats in low-rise purpose-built blocks.

Caerleon Education

Another reason why Caerleon is so popular with family groups is because of its excellent educational facilities. The performance of schools is graded via colour coded categorisation, with green being the highest achieving. Both Primary Schools in the neighbourhood are coded green - Charles Williams Church in Wales Primary School and Lodge Hill Primary School. The local secondary school - Caerleon Comprehensive School - is rated amber with high attainment and a high teacher to pupil ratio.

More recently, the town was the centre of a university campus of University of South Wales. While the campus closed in 2016, it’s hoped the university’s beautiful historic buildings will be turned to public use after receiving a Grade II listing. Other higher education facilities for the University of South Wales can be found in Newport City Centre, while Cardiff University is also not far away. 

Caerleon Things to do

Caerleon is blessed with great leisure facilities meaning finding something to do on the weekends is never an issue. Caerleon is also blessed with acres of green spaces, meaning country walks are never far away Because of the town’s Roman past, the area also has numerous historic and archaeological attractions. These include the Roman Fortress and Amphitheatre, National Roman Legion Museum and the Roman Baths Museum. There is also an Arts & Crafts Centre which plays a vital role in the Caerleon Arts Festival each July. Caerleon is also blessed with acres of green spaces, meaning country walks are never far away.

If you’re after something a bit more leisurely then you’ll be pleased to know the area is full of lovely pubs, inns and restaurants where you can while away the hours. There are also good shopping facilities located on the main high street, including many independents.

Caerleon Transport

In today’s modern age, transport is key. Fortunately, Caerleon offers the best of both worlds with pleasant green surroundings with excellent transport links to Newport, Cardiff and Bristol.

Caerleon is located just 3.5 miles away from Newport city Centre, meaning city life is never too far away. The area is home to a good bus network with a good local service to and from the city. Other green transport is provided by the cycle and pedestrian walkway which links Caerleon to Malpas and Newport city centre. Unfortunately, the local railway station closed in 1960s. However, there have been efforts to reopen the station as part of the South Wales Metro. Meanwhile, the nearest stations are Newport railway station, and Cwmbran railway station.

For road transport, Caerleon is 2 miles north the M4 Motorway, with the B4596 linking the town to Newport city centre. By road, Bristol is less than 40 minutes away, Cardiff 30 minutes and Newport 15 minutes.

Caerleon Employment

Part of what makes Newport and Caerleon a great place to live is the high presence of employers in the area. Newport is home to some of Wales’ biggest brands with high employment rates and good opportunities. Some of the largest employers within easy of Caerleon reach include SPTS Technologies, St Cadoc's Hospital and both Wilkinson and Clarks UK located in nearby Magor. These are all located within 15 minutes’ drive. Because of Caerleon’s convenient location just north of the M4 Motorway, the town also has access to numerous other job markets including Cardiff and Bristol.

Moving to Caerleon

Caerleon is a great place to live, offering spacious homes with good access to schools, transport, countryside, amenities, and employers. If you are interested in moving to Caerleon or have a property to either sell or let in the area, get in touch with Freelancer Lets. We are an independent Newport Estate and Letting agency committed to helping locals in their property journey.

So is Caerleon a great place to live? The answer is yes. If you’re after a spacious home with good access to schools, transport, countryside, amenities, and employers, then Caerleon is the place for you. If you are interested in moving to Caerleon or have a property in the area to either sell or let, get in touch with Freelancer Lets. We are a local Newport Estate and Letting agency and are committed to helping locals in their property journey.

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