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Newport town guide

Newport

Newport stands at the mouth of the River Usk adjacent to the M4 Motorway, between Cardiff and Bristol. The Usk is famous for its salmon and this beautiful river winds gently through an undulating valley to its source in the hills above Brecon.

There is much for the visitor with a hire car to enjoy in the region around Newport, the Forest of Dean is only a short drive away and has many rewarding places to stop and explore the delightful forest trails.

The Wye valley is another area of beauty close to Newport, the natural splendour of Symmonds Yat is counterbalanced by the man-made wonder of the ruins Tintern Abbey.

Further inland the bleak upland splendour of the Brecon Beacons has a beauty all of its own.

That is not to say that Newport itself is not without its own attractions. There is the Transporter Bridge across the River Usk, one of only two in Britain and believed to be one of only five still operating in the world.

On the road to Risca, just outside Newport stands the Fourteen Locks Visitor Centre on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Here visitors can trace the growth of the canal as it became important for the transport of coal, iron, limestone and bricks from the valleys to the ports of Newport and Cardiff.

There are many castles in this area of South Wales in addition to the fascinating and varied Roman ruins at Caerleon and one the most important historical houses in Britain at Tredager Park.

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