Located as it is on the confluence of the Rivers Usk and Severn, Newportcity is truly a product of both its history and its geography. A port since medieval times, it has a rich history of industrial and strategic relevance, and its proud heritage can be enjoyed today with sights such as the Newport Transporter Bridge, Newport Castle, Newport Cathedral and Tredegar House. And yet for all this history of industry, Newport also lies at the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley are both right on the doorstep, whilst the Brecon Beacons are just a short drive away.
Culture in NewportNewport is home to three major museums: the Newport Museum and Art Gallery houses collections of Art and Natural History, Social History and Archaeology; the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon, one of the National Museums of Wales houses an array of Roman artefacts from currency to uniforms and occupies the remains of the Caerleon fortress, the westernmost defense point of the Roman Empire; and The Roman Baths Museum affords the view of Europe’s only remaining Roman legionary barracks as well as the UK’s largest restored amphitheatre.
Newportalso has a thriving arts scene, with the Riverfront Arts Centre offering a steady diet of music, comedy and theatre whilst the Caerleon Arts Festival, which takes place annually in early July, offers a scintillating array of theatre, music and storytelling for all ages.
Sport in NewportThe prestigious National Velodrome makes Newport an international cycling hub and the home of Team GB’s cycling team since 2004, as well as the host to both the Australian and American Paralympic Olympic squads in 2012.
Golf is another important sporting activity in the city: it boasts 30 golf courses within easy driving distance, and one of these, Celtic Manor, was the first ever golf course to be purpose built to host The Ryder Cup.
What’s more, with Newport’s world-renowned Newport RFC based a short walk from the city centre, rugby also has a massive presence in the city.
Nature in NewportNewportlies at the heart of some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes: the Forest of Dean is one of the UK’s last ancient royal forests and the Wye Valley is an area of such outstanding natural beauty that in the 18th century it was the birthplace of British Tourism itself.
The Vale of Usk attracts fishermen from every corner of the country (and beyond) for its fantastic salmon fishing and there are many other great spots nearby to cast your line.
Less than an hour’s drive north lies the spectacular Brecon Beacons National Park, where you will discover South Wales’s highest mountain peak Pen y Fan.
Enjoy NewportNewport is very much a city on the rise, attracting international attention and stature through events as diverse as NATO summits and The Ryder Cup. Its industrial past, contemporary culture and the abundant natural beauty that surrounds it make Newport a rewarding destination indeed.