Don't be fooled by the name. Whilst it has plenty
of modern features, NEWport has an abundance of
In fact, you can trace the area's history all the way back to
Roman times. Just to the north of Newport City Centre lies Caerleon. A pretty,
quiet town today, but 2000 years ago it was one of the furthest
outposts of the might Roman Empire.
And you don't have to look far to find traces of its past.
The remains of the amphitheatre, once the site of blood thirsty
"entertainment" and the barracks, once home to 5000 soldiers are
prominent, whilst the baths and National Roman Legion Museum are
also well worth a visit.
Elsewhere, the area's history encompasses a medieval ship discovered
beneath the mud of the River Usk, a 17th century mansion, once
home to some rather eccentric aristocrats, and one of only eight Transporter Bridges still
operating anywhere in the world.
It's not all about the history though. The area does
contemporary too. It boasts some of the best and most
luxurious hotels and resorts in the Southern Wales
For instance, the Celtic Manor can be found here
- you can stay in one of their five star bedrooms, enjoy a
sumptuous meal in one of the restaurants, relax and unwind in the
spa or enjoy a round of golf on one of their three courses - just
like some of the world's best golfers did when the Ryder Cup was hosted here in
To find out more about visiting Newport, click on
Gwent…or head of the Gwent valleys if you want to know what it
means. Being at the top of these valleys, it comes as no
surprise that the area has a number of lofty claims to fame.
It has the highest town in Wales - Brynmawr, standing at 380
metres above sea level. It is also home to the highest golf
course in Wales, with the West Mon course standing at
457 metres. It also has one of the tallest sculptures in
Wales - Six Bell's Guardian memorial
towering 20 metres over the village below.
As well as all these giant geographical landmarks, it also an area
that celebrates political giants. Tredegar was the home town
to Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS. In fact, the place
where he first cut his teeth in politics, Bedwellty House is now open to
the public. Together with the surrounding parkland, it is now
one of the most popular attractions in the area.
Other attractions in the area include the Festival Park shopping village
and Parc Bryn Bach, a acres of
green space, morrland and lake - ideal for all sort of outdoor
Click the links to take a look at what else Blaenau Gwent and the
surrounding Valleys can offer.
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
This weekend is Calan Gaeaf in Wales.
Translated into English, this means the start of winter and is an
ancient celebration to mark the Celtic New Year. These days
the more modern celebration of Halloween is more widely celebrated
although this has its roots in the Calan Gaeaf celebrations.
There are plenty of events happening throughout Southern Wales to
celebrate Halloween. St Fagans National History Museum near
Cardiff are running a series of ghost tours through their site calling at some
of their haunted buildings as you go.
Meanwhile Tredegar House on the outskirts of Newport is
getting all creepy. Visitors are invited dared
to explore the cobwebbed halls and living graveyard.
If you're feeling really brave then you should head for the most
haunted house in Wales - Llancaiach Fawr near Caerphilly.
Strange goings-on have been reported throughout the house and
grounds. They're marking Halloween with a Psychic Evening and Ghost Tours