Penydarren Roman Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Oddly, the remains were not recognised as part of a Roman fort until work on the nearby football pitch in 1902.
The fort covered an estimated 2.3ha and housed a garrison of at least 500 soldiers on a steep-sided site over the River Taf. Pottery found on the site suggests that the fort was established in the Flavian dynasty - between 69-96AD, and continued in use until around 140AD.
Outside the fort remains of a bathhouse and cremated burial remains were discovered, suggesting that a sizeable settlement grew up around the site.
There is very little to see today, due to the encroaching housing estates and modern development.
About Penydarren Roman Fort
Address: Tregenna Hotel, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil, Gower, Glamorgan, Wales
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: Between the A470 and A4060
Photo Credit: Ssolbergj, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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