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Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort

Chepstow Road, Newport NP18 2YB

5.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (529 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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Parkway Hotel & Spa
Parkway Hotel & Spa

Cwmbran Drive, Cwmbran NP44 3UW

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (202 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Newport Cathedral, Isca Augusta, and Newport …

£80
The Priory Hotel and Restaurant
The Priory Hotel and Restaurant

High Street, Newport NP18 1AG

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Caerlan, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Isca Augusta and within 6 mi (10 km) of Newport Cathedral and …

£65
Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel
Best Western Pontypool Metro Hotel

Lower Mill Field, Pontypool NP4 0XB

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (60 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pontypool, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Big Pit National Coal Museum, Newport Cathedral, and …

£48
St Mellons Hotel
St Mellons Hotel

Castleton, Cardiff CF3 2XR

3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (111 reviews)

Located in Castleton, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from St. Mellons Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Peterstone Golf Clu …

£86
Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff North
Park Inn by Radisson Cardiff North

Circle Way East, Cardiff CF23 9XF

3.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (427 reviews)

Located in Llanedeyrn, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Roath Park, Cardiff University, and National Museum …

£52
Ramada Resort Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel & Spa
Ramada Resort Cwrt Bleddyn Hotel & Spa

Llangybi, Usk NP15 1PG

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (111 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
New House Country Hotel
New House Country Hotel

Thornhill, Cardiff CF83 1LY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (60 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cardiff, this romantic hotel is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Caerphilly Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of …

£114
Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa
Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Maesycwmmer, Blackwood CF82 7SN

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (157 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch, and Treharris …

£79
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club

St Pierre Park, Chepstow NP16 6YA

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (328 reviews)

Situated in Chepstow, this spa hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Chepstow Castle and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Chepstow Racecourse. …

£70

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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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