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Ffwrwm

‘Ffwrwm is a dream - shared by all who come here’

Ffwrwm Arts and Crafts Centre is nestled in the historic Roman settlement of Caerleon in South Wales. 

 

Centred on a sculpture garden, Ffwrwm celebrates Caerleon's Roman past and the town's, lesser known, alter ego as Camelot - the court of King Arthur.

 
Winter courtyard - paving stones after rain. Shops right and bare willow branches hanging on left.

© Steve Binns

Visit Ffwrwm

Take a Short Stroll

Ffwrwm is here for the community. It's a place for people to come together, talk, eat, shop and discover: a place where stories are shared and where there is always time to stand and stare. 

At the centre of Caerleon, Ffwrwm is the original site of the Porta Praetoria - the main gates to the legionary fortress of Isca - our shops, restaurant and gallery are just a few minutes walk from the town's other attractions: the Roman amphitheatre, baths and museum.

 

So, take a stroll - take a moment - and enjoy the tranquility of our sculpture garden. Rest awhile under the ancient willow and rare tulip tree. Celebrate the creativity of artists - old and new - amongst carvings of the ancient tales of Wales.

What you'll find

'a fabulous hidden gem'

'Fell upon this little place wandering around this fantastic town. Food was amazing. What a great place.'

Sculpture - Shops - Gallery - Restaurant

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Sculpture Garden

Walk off the high street, through the historic arch and over the cobblestones and you will find yourself in an eighteenth century walled garden peopled with sculptures of King Arthur, Merlin, Mordred and Morgana, and carvings of classic Welsh folktales from The Mabinogion. Among these - at 44 feet long - is the world's largest love spoon.

 

Here, reconstructed arches of the main Roman gates frame two huge murals bringing to life the city beyond. Alongside, our shops and restaurant open out into the courtyard.

'a unique collection of sculptures that has no equal anywhere in Wales.'

Restaurant and Gallery

Why Ffwrwm?

In Welsh, 'ffwrwm' means 'bench' - a place to sit. It comes from the Latin 'forum'. For Romans, the forum was a gathering place of great social significance. Every town had one. It was a marketplace - and a site for meetings and debates.

Ffwrwm Arts was made to be all these things. It's a place for people to meet - where you can simply sit and talk - or...

...you can join a workshop, view an exhibition, celebrate the solstice, have your hair cut and coloured, take treatment for a bad back, find speciality goods from jewellery to geodes, children's clothes to candles, antiques to fine art and eat some of the area's finest food in The Snug. All while surrounded by carved works of the imagination.

Come together in our gathering place at the heart of Caerleon.

'More often than not we choose to sit outside for a while as the scenery is so beautiful and we can just relax!' 

Roman centurion life size woodcarving

  'Lucius': Sculptor Ed Harrison

The world's largest lovespoon - carved from a single tree is 13.4 metres (44 feet).

We are open from Tuesday - Sunday

Visit us - completely free - and see the world's largest love spoon...

...and statues telling stories for children of all ages.

If you want to find out more about Ffwrwm and what we have to offer -  browse our site, join our mailing list, follow us on Instagram and Facebook or get in touch.

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Carousel images thanks to: Colin Grant © Ffwrwm Gates
Helga Prosser Sculptor: Battle of Camlan - Alan Hughes © Touché​ under Creative Commons Licence |
Louise Horton Artist: Welsh Flag