Newport City in Wales
Newport city, Situated just 90 minutes from London via rail, Newport is in the Pembrokeshire part of Wales and is abound with beaches, historical areas and stunning scenery.
Caerleon - Known as the “Fortress of the Legion” this is one of the most important military sites in Britain and is from the Roman Empire. The historic areas used to house an amphitheatre, baths, shops and temples - the remnants can still be seen. Also thought to be the site of the King Arthur’s Round Table. This village is open year round and tours are available.
Tredegar House - One of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion across all of Britain. Set in a beautiful 90 acre park with impressive gardens. Owned by the National Trust, this house features a child’s play area, a tearoom and often has displays and events held in the gardens. Open from 10.00am until 5pm - tours available for the house at varied times throughout the day.
Newport Museum and Art Gallery - First opened to the public in 1888, this museum features artifacts and displays from Newport's history, culture and environment from prehistoric times until very recently. Temporary exhibitions mean there is always something new to see. Open Tuesday to friday 9.30am - 5pm and Saturday 9.30am - 4pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
St Woolos Cathedral - Also known as Newport Cathedral, this was built in a spot that has been a site or worship since the 6th century. The modern church dates back to the Norman period and features a Norman church and internal medieval structure. Has been a cathedral since 1921. Open weekdays from 7.45am - 5.30pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm and 10am - 8pm.
Fourteen Locks Canal Centre - This unique flight of 14 locks is recognised as an engineering marvel from the industrial revolution and rises 160 feet over just half a mile. An excellent stopping off point for walking the Monmouthshire-Brecon canal towpath and features a cafe. Information points give visitors an insight into the locks with a virtual journey as if on the canal. Open 10am - 4pm daily with varied hours for the tea rooms.
The industrial background of Newport is evident when you visit this multicultural city. With a brand new retail and leisure complex recently opened, the city is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy, while a mix of food outlets provides the perfect stopping point for anyone needing a place for lunch or dinner.
With a history that dates back to the start of the Roman Empire the entire area is full with historic sites to visit and lovers of the King Arthur legend will find plenty to keep them busy. The more recent steel and coal industry is also clear from the docks area which provides a fun day out for families.