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Gelligaer Roman Fort is located on the hill top between the Taff and Rhymney. It is an Auxiliary Fort that was first excavated towards the end of the 19th century and now its remains are hidden beneath grass.

However, a look around the village and you can find evidence of the Roman past as well as an intriguing wider heritage – ranging from pre historical remains to Penallta Colliery.

A visit to Gelligaer Fort allows you to discover some of the impact the Romans had on the landscape and the lives of the native Silures. The story of the men who excavated the site if also uncovered – some of the finds uncovered are now on display at the Winding House, New Tredegar.

To get the most from Gelligaer Roman Fort a visit is essential – the new interpretation area is a great starting point – you can park alongside the road and get a great view over the Fort. There are benches of a picnic, and there is plenty of room for a class activity.

You can also organise a 2 centre visit to Winding House and the Fort – with lots of fun based activities – contact the Life Long Learning Officer at Winding House for more information.

A Discovery Trail has been created around the site for the whole family to enjoy.