Dotted with civic art and packed with galleries and theatres, Newport is the cultural capital of the South Eastern historic county of Monmouthshire. Wales's third largest city, has the Brecon Beacons National Park just 11 miles to the North. The city draws visitors from all over Great Britain to the Newport Museum and Art Gallery, a variety of trendy music clubs and its ultra-modern waterfront developments (such as the Riverfront Arts Centre).
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Other sights in Newport include the 12th-century St Woolos Cathedral, Newport Castle on the River Usk and the stunning Tredegar House. These have been attracting tourists a long time and give the city true historic depth.
Even older are the Roman ruins at Caerleon 5 miles by road to the Northeast. This gets it name from the Welsh meaning Fortress of the Legion. As one of the pivotal sites during the Roman occupation, it was home to over 6,000 troops, an amphitheatre, baths and temples. It's now an excellent visitor attraction.
Sport is also intertwined with the city's past. As well as its proud rugby traditions, it's home to the Celtic Manor Resort (one of the biggest championship golf course complexes in Europe). there is also a speedway track and the only indoor velodrome in Wales.
Newport is most easily reached by the M4 from both England and Wales. It additionally boasts one of only two transporter bridges still operational in Britain today.