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Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort

Chepstow Road, Newport NP18 2YB

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4.4 out of 5 (503 reviews)

This family-friendly Newport hotel is located in a regional park, within 1 mi (2 km) of Coldra Woods and Wentwood Hills Gol …

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Holiday Inn NEWPORT
Holiday Inn NEWPORT

The Coldra, Newport NP18 2YG

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (122 reviews)

Situated in Newport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wentwood Hills Golf Course and Coldra Woods. Caerleon Roman …

£44
Premier Inn Newport City Wales
Premier Inn Newport City Wales

54 55 Hight Street, Newport NP20 1GA

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Ramada Resort Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel & Spa
Ramada Resort Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel & Spa

Llangybi, Usk NP15 1PG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (110 reviews)

Situated in Usk, this spa hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Llangibby Motte and Castle and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Caerleon Castle …

£72
Future Inns Cardiff Bay
Future Inns Cardiff Bay

Hemingway Road Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 4JY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,735 reviews)

Future Inns Cardiff Bay is a 10-minute drive from the city center and central train station, and 16 minutes from panoramic …

£62
Campanile Cardiff
Campanile Cardiff

Caxton Place, Pentwyn, Cardiff CF23 8HA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (265 reviews)

Situated in Cardiff, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cardiff Golf Club, St. Mellons Golf Club, and Parc Cefn Onn. Cardiff …

£38
The Chainbridge Inn
The Chainbridge Inn

Kemeys Commander, Usk NP15 1PP

3.5 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this inn is within 6 mi (10 km) of Usk Castle, Big Pit National Coal Museum, and Llanfair Kilgeddi …

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Clayton Hotel, BW Premier Collection
Clayton Hotel, BW Premier Collection

St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1GD

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (1,310 reviews)

The Principality Stadium

£55
786 Newport Road
786 Newport Road

786 Newport Road, Cardiff CF3 4FG

3.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Situated in Cardiff, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Mellons Golf Club, Cardiff University, and National Museu …

£32
Village Hotel Cardiff
Village Hotel Cardiff

29 Pendwyallt Road, Coryton, Cardiff CF14 7EF

3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (439 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Whitchurch Hospital and Castell Coch. Llandaff …

£62
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Pocket Guide: Cardiff Isca Augusta Hotels

Isca Augusta was one of the three most important Roman fortresses in Britain, and its site can be visited at Caerleon, just outside Newport. It is just a short journey away from Cardiff city centre, so booking a hotel in Cardiff will make it easy to travel and spend a fascinating day on this historic site.

Caerleon is believed by some historians to have been the site of King Arthur’s Camelot. What is known is that the settlement, once known as Cair Lion, was listed in 830 as one of Britain’s 33 cities. It is to be found on the banks of the beautiful River Usk. Since the Romans left, the town has been variously attacked by Danes, Vikings and Saxons, as well as the Welsh themselves. The remains of the settlement are best seen on a walk around the area.

The walk begins on Broadway, which follows the line of the town’s main Roman road, which is now buried several feet below. The South West Gate was originally at the end of Broadway, and led from the fortress to the amphitheatre. The fortress covered more than 52 acres, with four gates in its stone walls. The amphitheatre was in the shape of an oval mound, with a hollow performance area in its centre, and is known by local people as King Arthur’s Round Table. The amphitheatre was large enough to hold 6,000 spectators, which was the population of the garrison.

Ahead is the site of the barracks, and to the right, turning clockwise, is Goldcroft Common, then you will come upon what was The Drovers Arms, now converted into a restaurant. This inn was used by drovers who brought their sheep to the four annual fairs, as well as to the livestock sales that were held regularly on the common. Further along is the town hall, which was built in 1836 and these days functions as the local community centre. A little further along is the National Roman Legion Museum. This is part of the National Museum of Wales, and is home to some fascinating artefacts that help to tell the story of the town’s history and heritage.

A little further along are the Roman baths. There was a great deal of care and effort involved in its construction and the complex featured an open-air swimming pool, hot, cold and warm baths, heated changing rooms as well as an exercise yard and exercise hall. Along the High Street are The Priory, The Square and the fascinating remains of the castle. Towards the end of the walk, visitors come to The Quay, a wharf and slipway that can trace its origins back to the Roman occupation.

With so much history and culture to see in the Usk Valley, the Vale of Glamorgan and other nearby areas, booking a hotel in Cardiff city centre is a great way to have a base with all the city’s attractions on one’s doorstep while having easy access to the delights of historic south Wales.

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