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
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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.
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Event - ISPS Handa Wales
Location - Celtic Manor
Date - August 29th - 1st September
With the Speedy Services
Welsh Senior Open now only a week away, it's worth
remembering that that isn't the only top class golf tournament
taking place in Southern Wales this summer.
In August, The Celtic Manor Resort at Newport will once again play
host to the ISPS Handa Wales Open. The tournament, which has
switched to a new late summer date this year, will be the first to
count towards qualification to the European Ryder Cup team
The ISPS Handa Wales Open has grown into one of the premier events
on The European Tour since its inception in 2000. With Ryder Cup
stars Graeme McDowell, Robert Karlsson, Miguel Angel Jiménez, Ian
Poulter, Paul Lawrie and Paul McGinley among the past champions and
of course Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee who claimed the first prize
Following the unequivocal success of last year's
Ryder Cup, the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport will find itself
back in the golfing spotlight next week as it hosts the 2011 Wales
First held in 2000 the tournament is now firmly established on the
European Tour and attracts some of the biggest names in golf.
One of the European heroes of that unforgettable Ryder Cup was
Graeme McDowell and he'll be back this year hoping to defend the
trophy he won last year.
As well as all the action out on the course there's plenty of other
activities to keep everyone occupied including bars and food
outlets, exhibition stands, a big screen to watch the golf and the
popular Junior Golf area.
More information is available on the website
To celebrate the launching of the new
Visit Wye Valley website, we are
taking a closer look at this picturesque corner of Wales.
The Wye Valley and Vale of Usk is an Area of Outstanding Natural
Beauty and it's not difficult to see why. The rolling
countryside is a magnet for walkers with some well known and
popular trails including the Offa's Dyke Path.
The plenty of historic attractions too. There are castles
galore including the first one to be built at Chepstow and the last
one too at Raglan. One of the most impressive monuments is
Tintern Abbey standing proudly on the banks of the River Wye.
There are also significant Roman remains at the nearby towns of
Caerwent and Caerleon, including an amphithteatre and barraks for
Why not combine walking with history by doing the Three Castles
Walk which is a 20 mile triangular walk taking in White Castle,
Skenfirth Castle and Grosmont Castle.
This area was catapulted into the international spotlight last
October when the Celtic Manor hosted Golf's Ryder Cup - one of the
country's top Golf resorts. Or if you prefer horse racing
then see if you can back a winner at Chepstow
The area also has a reputation for excellent food. Don't
miss the Abergavenny Food Festival each
September which is an excellent chance to see (and of course taste)
the best of the area's produce. It's in the Wye Valley that
you'll also find two of Wales' Michelin starred restaurants - The
Walnut Tree at Abergavenny and The Crown at Whitbrook.
It's finally here. After 294 years of build up (actually
it's only 9 years but it feels much longer) it is at long last
Ryder Cup week here in Wales. The teams arrived
this morning and there will be a couple of days practice, a big
Millennium Stadium concert before the serious
business gets underway on Friday.
It's not surprising that as host of this great competition the
Celtic Manor at Newport, is probably our best known golfing venue,
but there are plenty of other courses throughout the region waiting
to challenge you.
Porthcawl certainly does just that when the wind starts blowing
in off the sea. When first opened in 1895 it was Southern
Wales' first 18 hole golf course.
With a back drop of the Severn Estuary and the course following the
contours of the Monmouthshire countryside, Dewstow is one of the most picturesque courses
in the country. The 6th hole of the Park Course is
believed to be the only par 6 hole in the UK with 690 yards
separating the tee from the hole.
If it's golf with stunning views that you're after then it's worth
paying a visit to the West Monmouthshire Golf Club. It is the
highest course in the UK looking out onto the Brecon Beacons.
The 14th tee is the most spectacular at 1500 feet above
sea level. I hope you're not scared of heights!