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Newport – Bridges into Wales

Newport’s origins go back to the Bronze Age, when fishermen settled around the River Usk. In 75 AD the Romans built a fort at Caerleon to defend the river crossing.

Towards the end of the 11th century the Normans arrived and built Newport Castle, which was just one of the castles forcibly taken during the Welsh Revolt in 1402.

Oliver Cromwell’s troops camped overnight on Christchurch Hill during the English Civil War in 1648, before attacking the castle the next day.

There are nine bridges in Newport that cross the River Usk, including The Transporter Bridge which was built in 1906, one of only eight worldwide that exist with this concept.

Newport was granted city status in 2002 to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Reasons to visit Newport

With good road and rail links to Newport from England, Newport is a popular gateway to the rest of Wales (mainly via the Severn Bridge).

Apart from the historic aspects of the region, there are also some interesting views available as well, especially from Christchurch, which offers panoramic views of the Vale of Usk and the Bristol Channel.

Some of the many places to visit include the Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport Castle, Newport Cathedral, Newport Wetlands Reserve, Newport Transporter Bridge, Tredegar House, Newport Ship, to name just a few.

Entertainment and Dining in Newport

The Dolman Theatre offers Classic plays, Comedies and Musicals, or you could visit the new Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre. You can also see live music and theatre at the Newport Centre, which has excellent sporting and leisure facilities as well.

There are plenty of restaurants in and around Newport, including the only Russian restaurant in Wales. There is also one that specialises in vegetarian food.

Accommodation in Newport

There are around 20 hotels available, including the 5 star Celtic Manor Resort. You can also stay at Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfast, Farms, Lodges and Inns, Self Catering accommodation, and camping sites for tents and caravans.