Thanks to its proximity to the coast, and the River Usk, Newport has been important throughout Welsh history as a port. Developed from a Norman settlement, which in turn, was built on the site of a Roman fort, Newport is still a thriving town with plenty to see and do.
Head for the ruins of Newport Castle, dating back to the 14th century this castle has seen many battles over the years. Henry VIII seized ownership of it in the 1500s, followed by Oliver Cromwell’s army in the Civil War. Prior to this, it was sacked in the long-running war for Welsh independence, and every era has left its mark.
But if you really want to experience history, visit the Llanmelin Wood Hillfort, another Cadw Welsh Heritage site. It was a large Iron Age hillfort that may have served as a tribal centre for the Silures, a powerful warrior tribe in Ancient Britain, who were later Romanised, with the hillfort being abandoned.
For those looking for an adrenaline rush, head for the Transporter Bridge. The panoramic views from 250 ft up are simply jaw-dropping. Built in the early 1900s to carry goods across the River Usk, without interfering with the river traffic, this Grade I listed building is one of the few transporter bridges left anywhere.
Shopaholics are well catered for with all the high street names here, and amongst them, smaller quirky boutiques selling one-off artisan pieces, such as handmade silver jewellery, and traditional Welsh crafts.
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