Newport has long been the largest town in the historic county of Monmouthshire. It became a unitary authority in 1996 and granted city status in 2002 to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. It is a working city and is quite different to the more leisure orientated Cardiff. To the north of Newport is Torfaen, home to the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon.
The city retains a number of notable buildings including the Murenger House and Newport Market, both on High Street. Also of note is the Transporter Bridge across the River Usk and the remains of the Norman Newport Castle on the west bank of the River Usk. Historic Caerleon is a suburb of the city.
The remarkable Newport Transporter Bridge is one of only six operational transporter bridges left world wide from a total of twenty constructed. The bridge opened in 1906 and has dominated the Newport skyline ever since. A transporter bridge is basically a suspended ferry. Closed until 2023.
Set in a beautiful 90 acre park, Tredegar House is one of the best examples of a 17th century Charles II mansion in Britain. The earliest surviving part of the building dates back to the early 1500’s. Visitors can discover what life was like for those who lived above and below stairs.
Located just outside Newport, on the road to Risca alongside the Monmouthshire Canal is the Fourteen Locks Canal Visitor Centre. Visitors can trace the growth and decline of the Canal and its role in transporting commodities such as coal and iron from the south Wales valleys to the ports of Newport and Cardiff.
Currently operating trains over two miles of track from Blaenavon High Level up to Whistle Halt, as well as the branch from Furnace Sidings to Big Pit Halt. The centre of the railway is at Furnace Sidings and is where the car park, tea room and shop are located.