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Celtic Manor Resort
Celtic Manor Resort

Chepstow Road, Newport NP18 2YB

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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

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4.3 out of 5 (193 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bowlplex Cwmbran, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, …

£80
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 (414 reviews)

Located in Llanedeyrn, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of St Martin's Church, Cardiff University, and Nationa …

£44
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 (47 reviews)

Located in the heart of Pontypool, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Pontypool Park, Shell Grotto, and Grosmont Castle. …

£46
ibis budget Newport
ibis budget Newport

164 Malpas Road, Newport NP20 5PP

3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (106 reviews)

Located in the heart of Newport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Newport Cathedral, Belle Vue Park, and Wales National …

£27
Victoria Hotel
Victoria Hotel

161 Corporation Road, Newport NP19 0BJ

2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Newport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Newport Cathedral, Belle Vue Park, and Wales National Velodrome. …

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New House Country Hotel
New House Country Hotel

Thornhill, Cardiff CF83 1LY

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (51 reviews)

Located in the heart of Cardiff, this romantic hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Parc Cefn Onn and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Caerphill …

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The Solar Strand Hotel
The Solar Strand Hotel

High Street, Newport NP11 7BY

3.5 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Situated in Crosskeys, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Twmbarlwm Mountain, Tredegar House, and Newport Cathedral. Bell …

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Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa
Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel & Spa

Maesycwmmer, Blackwood CF82 7SN

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4.1 out of 5 (153 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Parc Penallta and within 6 mi (10 km) of Twmbarlw …

£99
Campanile Cardiff
Campanile Cardiff

Caxton Place, Pentwyn, Cardiff CF23 8HA

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (266 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 …

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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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