Standing on the banks of the River Usk, the city
of Newport and the surrounding
area is packed with things to see and do.
And now to help you find your way about, a new tourism guide has
been launched. Called Newport 360, the guide hears from local
people about what visitors can expect to find on a visit to the
city and the wider region.
Amongst the highlights you can expect to find on a visit is the
iconic Transporter Bridge. It
is one of only eight such bridges remaining in the world.
Built in 1906, the elaborate design was needed in order to allow
tall ships to pass up the river to Newport Docks. Today
visitors can cross the river on the suspended gondola or the brave
can climb the stairs and cross the high level walkway, a mere 177
feet above the ground. Enjoy the view.
From the top of the Transporter Bridge, you should be able to spot
Tredegar House on the
outskirts of the city. Standing in 90 acres of glorious
parkland, the estate was once the home of the aristocratic and
somewhat eccentric Morgan family. Visitors can explore this
National Trust property and discover how both the masters and their
servants lived and worked.
Newport's history goes back even further. All the way back
to Roman times in fact. The small town of Caerleon to the
north of the city was once the furthest outpost of the Roman Empire
and home to hundreds of soldiers. Today, visitors can explore
the remains of the legion's amphitheatre, barracks and baths whilst
the National Roman Legion Museum
tells the town's story.
Head from Roman times up to the 21st century, and 2010
in particular. The eyes of the sporting world focused
on Newport when Golf's Ryder Cup was staged at the Celtic Manor
Resort. The tournament put this world class resort firmly in
the spotlight and it now boasts 3 world class golf courses
including the famous 2010 course which saw Europe triumph in
It's not only the golf that makes a visit to the Celtic Manor
worthwhile. The resort boasts a luxurious 400 room hotel
together with fine dining restaurants and spa
There's plenty of other accommodation available in the area with
high quality accommodation available from the like of Hilton and Holiday Inn whilst for
something a little bit different you can stay in a lighthouse
overlooking the Severn Estuary.
To download your copy of the Newport 360 visitor guide, please click here
Take a look at this video of Merthyr Tydfil. It might not
be the obvious choice when thinking of a holiday in Wales, but as
the video proves there's so much to do and some stunning
Wales makes no secret of the fact that it is a country
full of history and heritage. And where better to find out
all about it than at the superb National History Museum.
Situated just 4 miles from the centre of Cardiff, in the pretty
grounds of St Fagans Castle, a 16th century manor house,
the museum's collections comprise over 40 historic buildings from
every corner of Wales. Moved from their original location,
they were then transported to the site before being re-built brick
by brick by skilled craftsmen.
Buildings on site include farm buildings, a school, a workingman's
institute and a row of 5 Ironworkers' cottages originally from
Merthyr Tydfil where each cottage is decorated in a style from
different eras, from 1805 to 1985.
Undoubtedly, the most impressive building on the site is the
12th century St Teilo's Church. Originally
standing on the banks of the Lougher estuary near Swansea, the
church was carefully dismantled before being transported to St
Fagans where it was restored both inside and out in a
16th century style. The whole relocation project
took an incredible 20 years to complete before the church was
opened to the public in 2007.
As well as the buildings, visitors to the museum can see skilled
craftsmen and women at work in their various workshops. A
blacksmith, Welsh clog maker, potter, saddler, miller and backer
can all be seen making their wares using traditional
Entry is free. For more information visit their
guest blog has been written by Steffan Matthias, Agent and Surveyor
at Llancaiach Fawr Manor near Caerphilly.
You'll have to excuse the writing style. After all,
Steffan is almost 400 years old.
"My Master Edward Prichard owns the capital Manor House of
Llancaiach Fawr in the parish of Gelligaer in this year of our Lord
1645. He is one of the most powerful men in Glamorgan, being a
landowner, a lawyer and a Justice of the Peace, and a Commissioner
of Array for his Majesty King Charles.
You shall be afforded a most gracious welcome to my Master his
house. Edward Prichard is the direct descendant of Cedrych ap
Gwaithfoed, the olden Lord of Ystrad Twyi. My Master still follows
the ancient traditions of Perchentyaeth, the obligations brought by
the office and privilege of Landowner.
The Master will offer protection and hospitality via his servants,
who will attend gentle visitors and provide guidance about his fair
house and speak of their experiences and their lives in the house
during this most horrid Civil War. Fortunately Llancaiach is far
removed from the distractions of War, and all of my Master's
visitors will be assured of a safe haven and pleasant discourse
during their visit."
Llancaiach Fawr is a Grade One listed Manor House that has been
restored and furnished according to its appearance during 1645.
Visitors will now encounter live role-playing interpreters
portraying the household staff during the time of the Civil
For more information please visit the Llancaiach Fawr website